July 5, 2010

"Radiance" - Poppy up close

I was in a dilemma whether to do poppies in groups or focus on individual flowers. Then decided that I will do them bigger focussing on the different forms than do a group. I had done poppy fields earlier anyway. One thing that I love about the poppy is that it's texture resembles crumpled paper. And I do not mean the feel of touching it, as I haven't touched one, but the appearance. It oozes texture and screams to be painted up close. Perfect for working with the knife. And do I need to even mention that red mesmerizes me like nothing else can? The various reds give me a high every time I work, no wonder a collection of my work looks like a big mass of red with hardly any other color to see.

Textured poppy painting in palette knife
Acrylics on board, 5 by 7 inches
© Nithya Swaminathan

This entire series of poppies uses the same palette - Cadmium Red, Cadmium Deep Red, Alizarin Crimson, Buff Titanium and Lemon Yellow. A little bit of Titanium white occasionally. So lured I was with the warm palette that I have done about 30 of them in no time. I love how they look together, so much that I was ogling at the collection on my table. Tried to take a combined photo of all paintings together but they did not fit in :) Let me post them one by one and do let me know what you think. There are a lot many more to come!


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