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Old 04-28-2012, 05:19 PM
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Title: Poppies...how original right
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Medium: Pastel
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Dimension: 11 x 14
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This is pan pastels on pastel mattboard.

I needed to do something a little different so tried a little different perspective on these poppies. Not sure if it is working. It is so over cast today the photo is coming out a little more grey than it really is and the purples a little stronger then they are. I wanted to keep it simple without overworking it too much.

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Did I go too far and make it too busy? Any comments are welcome. I hate coming up with names.. maybe I'll think of something a little more creative than just Poppies. :) suggestions?
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Old 04-28-2012, 06:56 PM
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Re: Poppies...how original right

Not too busy for me Christine, and in my opinion....I think it's perfect! Unusual colours, nice contrasts, very original looking! Usually one sees Poppies in a setting with blue skies and green surrounds etc, but yours is not the regular expected colour scheme! Well done. Like your use of pastels, you are very skilled with them. =)) cheers. Debs.
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Old 04-28-2012, 08:29 PM
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Re: Poppies...how original right

beautiful! love the wind
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Old 04-28-2012, 10:38 PM
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Re: Poppies...how original right

This piece has lots of movement both in the sky and the flowers and grasses themselves. I love the softness of it all and the worm's eye perspective. Very nice work!
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Old 04-28-2012, 11:01 PM
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Re: Poppies...how original right

Poppy Storm? Storm of Poppies?

I like the soft movement too. I think of that crisp crepe paper feel when I think of poppies, so I'd consider adding some lines to the petals and more definition to their irregular edges on some of the flowers.
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Old 04-29-2012, 07:20 AM
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Re: Poppies...how original right

You did the whole schmeer with pan pastels? I bought a set a couple of years back and find them too "light" in coverage. I do like the "softools" though. I think your painting idea is a good one and like the result. My two crists are (a) the sky seems brown like with a lot of blowing dust. If that's not an artifact of the digital image, I think a yellower treatment like an early morning sky could be better and (b) while you've done a great job of randomizing the forms of the poppies I think the red hues could stand more variation. How about more mute hues on the one ones to the left to create more of a center of interest.
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Old 04-29-2012, 10:10 AM
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Re: Poppies...how original right

A different 'take' on poppies and I like it very much! Well done! No crits from here.
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Old 04-29-2012, 11:18 AM
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Re: Poppies...how original right

Thanks everyone...
Deb you are always so sweet.. glad you like it.
Mary glad you could feel the wind
Terri.. worm's eye..lol.. that's great!
Song Bird... the papavere (oh how ever you spell it) type of poppies are what you are talking about. They do look like what you have described. These are the smaller poppie that are not real frilly but rather tight and compact. I wanted simple with this and thought all those extra details would detract.
TG-- yes the whole thing is with pan pastels. I think the surface you work on with these makes a big difference. The wallis paper just eats your sponges where as the pastel mat board gets it teeth full in a hurry so the two are a pretty good match. But you also can't fool around with lots and lots of layers like on wallis either. If you haven't tried that paper give it a go. It pushes you more in the direction of watercolor in a way in that you don't have that many chances to get it right. You can erase to a degree but on the mat board it doesn't all come off either like wallis. There actually is a slight hue difference between the left and the COI poppie. I suppose it could be pushed a bit more though, with the limited color range in pans I wasn't sure what other color to use to be honest that would still read poppies and not lose the red totally. I am posting a new photo I took this morning with better light. I wasn't going to "natural" rather more of a color theme with this one. So the sky stays. sorry
Dana thanks.. glad you like it.

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Re: Poppies...how original right

Poppies....everybody loves them and I think you have done an excellent job with this painting.
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Re: Poppies...how original right

No CW it's not too busy. Love the perspective. And I like the idea of a overcast day for the backdrop.

Probably my favorite of yours. I have no idea what pan pastels are, but you work them beautifully.

As far as a title, can't help there I'm no good at them, BUT "Poppies" works for me.
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Re: Poppies...how original right

I like it. Not the typical painting of poppies. Great use of color. Beautiful work.
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Re: Poppies...how original right

liking very much how you've subtly swept them toward the center

one of those pieces that would look fabulous at any size, wee li'l, really big, or anything in between. i like to image it very grand, on the side of a building

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Re: Poppies...how original right

Tthis lovely composition demonstrates superb use of color. Granted, it is not the average ho-hum poppy painting - that's what makes it stand on its own. Please don't change a thing! The softness of pastel is at its best here.
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Re: Poppies...how original right

Certainly a departure for you and like every really good artist you bring to an oft worked subject a new perspective. I makes me think of the Reverence Day red poppies of Flanders field representing the souls of WWI. Great sense of gentle movement and your tones bounce off eachother beuatifully. I have no crit.
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Re: Poppies...how original right

Thanks Katie!Good to see you Jim! Thanks for looking in and commenting.
La.. thanks... I've more than once thought of painting this on my bedroom wall or something similar.
Tony.. thanks.. pan pastels are basically the same thing as stick pastels except they are in a little dish type container and you apply them with shaped sponges like a brush.
Aries.. I appreciate your input.
Marie.. yes I remember selling the little poppies for memorial day and buying them too. Makes me wonder if a cross could be pulled off in a poppy painting somehow.
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