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Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Yellow California Poppies

This is my version of the September project for the Watercolor Workshop where everyone paints from the same source picture. This month, we were encouraged to use the photo as a jumping off place and then do our own thing with it. I made some adjustments with the flowers - rearranged the bottom right flower on the table so the stem carries you back into the painting, added a bud, and pulled the poppy in the upper left in to the painting more, took out the background, designed my own wrought iron chair and moved the jar more to the left for better composition. I think this painting has sort of an oriental appeal. This paintings is 7" x 11" and is painted on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold-pressed watercolor paper. Below is the source photo.



6 comments:

CrimsonLeaves said...

Goodness! Truly beautiful work, Barb. I love the colors in the flower petals and your composition and re-worked chair is beautiful. Of course, the photo is beautiful too...

Katherine Thomas said...

You did an amazing job with the composition, wow! The eye moves around at a perfect pace and the piece creates a very pleasant feeling. I love the clean fresh colors. I noticed the Auglaize county mentioned on the sidebar just now! I taught school in Minster for 13 years, and lived in New Bremen. Were we neighbors?

Watercolors by Susan Roper said...

Barb, this is such a well-planned and executed painting of this month's project! I knew if I attempted it I would simplify it a great deal, but love the additional moves you made to improve the composition. Nice "bumpy" glass table, also.

Anonymous said...

So cheerful!!!

Donna Pierce-Clark said...

:) That was me!
It IS truly cheerful, Barb.......just like you!

renate said...

Hello Barb:) Just beautiful!