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Oriental Poppy

just LOVE poppies.... they are one of my favorite flowers! The delicate petals can be difficult to portray.   It was Mother's Day this past year when while I was heading to her house, Mom called and told me she had seen some of these orange poppies blooming on a little hill near a florist.  They were growing wildly and in our opinion, they needed a new home! :)          

I immediately grabbed my nice yellow digger from Lowe's that is so heavy it quickly digs up anything with a couple of swings!   I really should have one in my car at all times!  I took many photos and then proceeded to dig away.  The dirt had so many leaves and roots which made it difficult to dig the poppy's roots properly.  

I painted this one in my sketchbook and then months later I went back and darkened some areas.  I worked on the "crinkles" a little more.  The center isn't how I'd wish I could have painted it.  But in time, I'll get there....  It took quite a lot of time to choose orange mixes that make me happy!  

Color mixes: (there a lot of them.... from top to bottom, here we go...) Buff (D.S.) + Pyrrol Scarlet (D.S.) and then also added to the mix Hansa Yellow Medium (D.S.), Hansa Yellow Medium (D.S.) + Quin Rose (D.S.), Hansa Yellow Med. (D.S.) + Pyrrol Scarlet (D.S.), Translucent Orange (Schmincke) + Scarlet Lake, Translucent  Orange (Schmincke) + French Vermillion (Sennelier), Cadmium Orange + Perm Rose and then added the next mix together, the next mix is Garnet Lake (Maimeri Blue) + Perm. Alizarin Crimson, French Ultramarine + Perm. Alizarin Crimson, Translucent Orange (Schmincke)+ Anthraquinoid Red (D.S.), Pyroll Scarlet (D.S.) + Quin Rose, Red Orange (Sennelier) +French Vermillion (Sennelier), Hansa Yellow Medium (D.S.) + French Vermillion (Sennelier), Lemon Yellow (Sennelier) + Red Orange (Sennelier) - made for a nice "glaze" over top of the petals, Sap Green + Olive Green, Phtalo Green light (Sennelier) + Forest Green              That was a bunch and it took a while to figure out the mixes but now I have them in my sketchbook for later when I need to figure out a hue! 


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