Okay!…maybe I don’t have fairies at the bottom of the garden…. just a lone stone golfer atop my ‘rockery’ 😉
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In this painting the main thing I wanted to convey to the canvas was the transparency of the the petal with the sunlight shining through in the early morning. The reason I titled it ‘Poppy perfection’ was that I caught this flower on photograph at the pinnacle of its existence. It really was a good year in my garden for poppies (See also my other paintings of poppies especially Oil Painting – Still Life – ‘Poppies on Parade’ which was a collection of flowers from my garden) But I still think this was the most perfect and beautiful poppy I think I have ever see. As if to highlight that fact I painted the background quite abstractly to show the comparison. Whilst the background flowers in my opinion needed to be there for the composition of the still life I didn’t want their distraction from the main focus of the Poppy!
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In this oil painting I had the idea of blurring the background down to just allow the main subject to be the sunlit poppy. It is almost as if the poppy is just awakening and still unfurling in the morning sun.