Never-Before-Seen Photographs of How I Paint my Patterned Poppies

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In the fabulously expressive and creative world of art, I am probably best known for my gold spiral-patterned backgrounds that are usually laced with flowers in the foreground — which, in more cases than not, happen to be poppies (just because I am so very fond of them).

Here is the finished result of a painting called ‘Red Poppies’

(The original is SOLD but you can get prints at SAATCHI — click on picture to take you to the gallery and to read a description of what urged me to paint this 😉

I managed to photograph the process, so come be a fly on my studio wall.

This is the first time I have ever done this and am now going to show you my best kept secret — drum-roll please…

I hope you enjoy seeing the project unfold:

1.  It starts off rather dull and messy, laying a black foundation…

2.  When the foundation layer of black has dried, I chalk out the poppy layout…

3.  Then I start adding the gold motif with an acrylic liner (a squeeze tube with gold acrylic paint inside).  As you can see below, I have to sign the painting before it is actually finished so I can work around the signature with the pattern…

Because this one is so large, I have to lay it on its side to get to the various different parts otherwise my arm will drop off with the effort…

4.  With the background finished, I can now start to add the colour to my poppies…

5.  I keep on adding layers of colour until I get that rich lustre I am after…

6.  Last, but not least, I add the gold stamen work to finish off the painting…

The painting is finished (and so is the artist…lol)!

You can purchase prints of the above by CLICKING HERE or on the pictures below — I’ve got framed prints, canvas prints, greeting cards, pillows and tote bags with this design on:

 red poppy cushion  red poppy print framedred poppy tote bagNow it’s time to check out the photographic painting process of ‘Iceland Poppy Mix’ 😀

Click on the picture below:

Iceland Poppies by Cherie Roe Dirksen

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25 thoughts on “Never-Before-Seen Photographs of How I Paint my Patterned Poppies

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  3. Big fan of your beautiful work!!!! I’ve only just found your blog and amazed at your art process. I’m curious, do you use an acrylic liner for the stamens as well? I’m doing an art project that requires neat straight gold lines. I like the control and precision with gold leading pens but the gold color isn’t right. I’ve tried painting them by hand but I’m afraid they’ve come out a bit wonky. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!! All my best, Ramzia xx

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    • Thanks, Ramzia. I do use the acrylic liner for the stamens as well. If you don’t like the colour then perhaps try doing the acrylic liner – wait for it to dry – and then apply the gold leafing pen for the right colouring? It’s always good to experiment. Good luck!


      • Thank you so much!!! I can’t believe I didn’t realize this earlier!! I’ve seen them used before for masking fluid but didn’t connect they could be used for paints as well. Thank you again for your time and advice. It is most appreciated! You are a blessing to this world. xx

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