My friend sent me an amazing photo of a field of poppies the other day and I wanted to sketch there right away! This is a wonderful private property with some fields and some hills - many of which are covered with poppies. Some were California poppies (Eschscholzia californica) and some were Flanders poppies (Papaver rhoeas). There are many other things to sketch - but I got only to a few poppies during this outing - and their dancing shapes and wrinkled colors are still all I can draw :)
First I did several takes with printmaking to separate my amazement with shapes from my shock from the colors. But then I tried to look at them with gouache. One thing is for sure - I will have to go back!