I love Poppies

It is still winter here in Oklahoma, and we remain in a deep, protracted drought. I watered the dormant flower garden today (and the asparagus) and was happy to see a few poppies starting to break through the dry crust. I will sow more, on top of the next snow, if there is one. I only grow two kinds, the red corn poppy and a pale blue/pink that was passed along by a gardening friend. It looks a lot like the one in this little gouache painting. This one, with luminous lobelia growing beneath it, was in Monet’s garden in Giverny. I was there at the height of poppy season in 2012, and had the great pleasure of painting there after hours two consecutive evenings. I also sketched there during the day, so was able to see plants at different times of day.

This little ACEO is available in my Etsy store. I may end up needing a whole poppy section there by the time spring is over.

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