Painted Poppies

This is my first real relative success at a loose, flowing, impressionistic painting, admittedly with the inspiration (and instructions!) taken from a book I bought to help me learn some new techniques. In one way it feels all ‘wrong’ to be so vague and incomplete in encouraging a ‘finished’ painting that is little more than random blobs of paint and water roughly placed on a page, but in another it feels wonderfully liberating to have the freedom to escape the restrictions of realistic representation… What fun! ❤

NB The book I took this from is ‘Watercolour Techniques and Tutorials for the Complete Beginner’ by Paul Clark – I think over time I’m going to enjoy replicating these paintings 🙂

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Dried Poppy Seed Heads

I’ve got a flat tray of seed heads from the pale purple poppies drying in the conservatory, so I thought they might make a fun image for today’s Flower of the Day 🙂

Once the heads dry out, they act like mini pepper shakers as all the tiny black seeds sprinkle out from little holes around the edge of the rosette bit on top – some seeds have already come out and are sitting underneath.

Poppy Seed Heads

We’ve had such a beautiful show of pale purple poppies this year, and now have a lovely display of poppy seed heads that have gone over so I thought I’d better photograph them before they disintegrate any further into decay.

I really do love the seed heads, but it’s probably time they went – goodbye purple poppies, until next year 🙂

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Poppy and Bee

The bees really love these purple poppies – they seem to enjoy rolling around methodically and industriously on the inside of the flower bowl, above and below the little frondy things, buzzing happily and completely ignoring the annoying human with the camera 🙂

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Purple Poppy Close Up

Luckily I’ve got quite a few purple poppies this year because they really don’t last long – it’s been a bit breezy lately (although warm) and the delicate papery petals just seem to flutter away with the first gentle gust that catches them unawares. Pretty while they’re open though 🙂

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