The Pastel Poppy Process (and Some Cracking Illiteration!)

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I haven’t done a ‘fly on the wall’ blog for ages, so I thought I’d show you the creative process behind my pastel poppy artwork called, Orange Poppies on Blue’. Yeah, I know…really original title. Named so because:

  1. the poppies are orange and,
  2. it’s been done on blue Canson pastel paper.

Where do I come up with these tantalizing, cryptic names?! lol…

It’s really interesting to see how the flower literally blooms on the paper, so without further blurb, here are the start-to-finish photo’s of my creative process.

The first step is always about planning and mapping it out…

Outline of the poppies in pencil.

Start filling in the gold swirly spiral patterns.

Laborious work.

Very laborious work…

Now it’s time to get to work on the poppies…

Blending…

Adding details… (clearly I had to do something at 6:30? But what was it…)

Almost there…

Maybe I had to finish it by 6:30?

And, finally, the artwork is done!

This piece was recently featured in the grand opening exhibition of Heart Space Studio. The original is part of my private collection but I do have lovely, high quality prints for you. Please click on the picture below to take you to the framed prints (beneath is a link to canvas prints and photographic prints if that’s more your thing).

Here’s the link to the canvas prints: ORANGE POPPIES ON BLUE CANVAS PRINTS (starting at $62)

Here’s the link to the photographic prints: ORANGE POPPIES ON BLUE PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINTS (starting at $12)

Thanks for looking!

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The Art of Pastel Poppies — Come See the Photo Process

It’s been a while since I did an art blog and it’s been an even longer while since I did one of my pastel poppy drawings (it’s actually been years! I’ve been mostly painting in acrylic these days).

I missed using pastels so I decided to do a BIG poppy artwork and photograph the process so you can glimpse it taking shape.

Here are the photo’s (it took me close to 2 months to finish — I certainly took my time! lol):

Stage 1: It begins…flowers are laid out first, then I fill in the background pattern

stage-1.jpg

Stage 2: More poppies are added to the mix

Stage 2

Stage 3: The background is completed and detail has been added to the poppies. I was working outdoors for more light (you can see the famous R62 in the background 😉

stage-3.jpg

Stage 4: It’s finished (and so am I! lol…)

Artist with White Poppies lr

For all you art enthusiasts who simply must have the original — you’re in luck! It’s still available through Saatchiclick HERE or click on picture below (you’ll also find excellent quality prints at Saatchi to suit your pocket and needs).

For those on a tighter budget — no worries — you can get high quality prints (or perhaps you fancy a cushion cover or iPhone skin?) by clicking HERE. An extra large photographic print is under $46!!! There are lots of print options available as well as products and clothing with this design on — there’s nothing more fabulous than wearing the art you love! ❤

Stage 6 Finished

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