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Original Creation

Hope-filled poppy field

mbbrickner 30 Sep 2021

Watercolor on paper | 9”x12” | I wanted to paint a subject with alizarin crimson in the foreground. I decided to paint this study from a photo of a poppy field. Afghanistan has been heavy in my mind for the last several weeks. A county that has relied heavily on poppy, it has the inherent beauty of its floral landscapes — holding in juxtaposition the ills that opium production brings upon the world. As Afghanis search for hope in the wake of an authoritarian regime, it’s my desire that they might find glimpses of hope like the sun gleaming over the poppy fields.



The sky is epic. Nice work

I like the sentiment of this painting, the sky is great and you have created a nice depth too.

Thanks, @Jwalker5683! That’s one of the things I’ve really learned to love above watercolor: the luminosity that can be accomplished with the transparent colors when they’re layered.

Thanks, @rah! I always find depth to be a tricky thing, but I’m glad this one seems to portray that.

Thanks, @Tom0779! I would say that impasto knife/brush with oil is still my preferred style. However, I've really grown to enjoy watercolor for color studies, composition practice, etc. It has really helped me learn to better budget my space for value levels. Thanks for the invitation for pointers.

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