8x10 inches :: original oil painting on stretched canvas.
My love affair with poppies continues with this work. For the most part, I stayed true to my limited modified palette of mixing everything with 5 tubes of paint and then brought out the cad orange at the very end ... one of the vivid hues that I just cannot mix without a little smidge of this super color. But before adding the strokes of the vivid cad orange, I first painted the flower clusters with a less vivid orange that I mixed and then added strategic strokes of cad orange on top, preserving spots of the darker orange for where I observed the darker parts of the petals to be. As I've shared, I've been training myself to layer and not to blend or swish. But with this work, I made an exception and made some swish strokes ... to make the clouds look like they are moving. Yes, I swished on purpose, and I liked it.