I love the cheerful but fleeting evanescence of poppies, which last individually such a short time, but as a plant are strong, sturdy and reliable in spite of their delicate appearance. The powerful oranges and red tones compliment the soft and delicate bluish green, feathery leaves for a charming effect in the garden and the wild. These spring up joyfully in the dry climate of Colorado. It was my intention to approach this subject with an Asian sumi-e style painting, simple, elegant and expressive.
This is not, of course, a traditional sumi-e, or ink wash painting, as I have used watercolor paints and paper, as opposed to ink and rice paper. Truly, it is more inspired by such works.
Eschscholzia californica (California poppy, golden poppy, California sunlight, cup of gold) is a species of flowering plant in the family Papaveraceae, native to the United States and Mexico, and the official state flower of California.
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