Poppy

I was inspired by Jodi’s painting to have a go at painting something abstract myself. I haven’t touched any watercolour equipment for a while, and I thought now is as good a time as any. I attempted three abstract paintings, the first two being so bad they even fell far outside the ‘abstract’ category. Never mind, I will paint over them with some texture paste, and then use the paper for something else in the future. Something hopefully better.

For my third painting, and I am calling this a painting as I actually like it myself, is the one above. It’s still wet in the photo at present, and I’m not entirely sure how it will look when dry, but I like how it looks now.

I’m not sure this is classed as abstract, as I intended on painting some kind of poppy this time, but I just sploshed the colour onto the paper and watched what happened. First, the red spread over the wet watercolour paper, and then I added the black which started to do its own thing and blend slightly with the red before stopping. A bit of tilting this way and that allowed the red to run further, and then I added just a few finishing details in the red, yellow and green. Just a dash mind, as I really wanted the emphasis on the red.

The thing is, it reminds me of a poppy, and I am happy with that.

Posted also for Remembrance.


Posted by Tom Merriman

A future writer living in the present day

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  1. It is GORGEOUS!!!!! I adore it Tom!!!!

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    1. Aw thanks, Jodi. It took me by surprise as it ‘happened’!

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  2. That is SO beautiful! congratulations.

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    1. Thank you very much, H… pleased you think so! 😀

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  3. I agree with Jodi, this is gorgeous Tom 🎨🖼💙

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    1. Thanks, Susan… it honestly just happened! 😀

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  4. Very good Mr. Tom. I love the poppie.

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    1. Aw, thanks, Beverly! 😀

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  5. It’s beautiful! Wow! I’m in the middle of a six-session (once per week) watercolour class right now, and I only wish I could create something as lovely as your poppy. You’re so talented! 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Diane. I don’t think talent was behind this, though, more luck, I’d say.It just took form, so I went with it.
      Hope you’re enjoying your watercolour classes!

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      1. I’ve been learning a lot in my classes, but mostly I’m learning that I’m not very good at watercolour. Baby steps… 🙂

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        1. You’ll get there, Diane. I think just doing and not thinking helps…

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  6. I love it! Turned out beautifully 😺💕

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    1. Thanks, Samantha… I have to agree with you! 😀

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  7. It looks like a poppy to me dude! 🙂 ❤

    Well done!!! 🙂

    God Bless!

    Prenin.

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    1. It does to me too, Prenin… I’m pleased with it!
      Thank you.

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  8. Was it magic that spread the colours in such a beautiful way Tom 😊 it is lovely.

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    1. Thanks, Elaine. Yes, I’m sure magic was involved somewhere! 😀

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    1. 😀 Thanks, Shree! 😀

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    1. Aw, thanks, Sharon! 😀

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  9. Beautiful it is. Perfect I would say 💜

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    1. Very kind of you, Lost Soul! 😀

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  10. I would buy this Tom. I have a long standing love affair with Poppies, so anything poppy ‘speaks’ to me, and this watercolour speaks to me loud and proud.

    How big is the painting Tom?

    Great work … … if you keep going in this direction I think you could make money from your artwork.

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    1. Really, Cobs? Ooh, thanks very much for saying that!
      It’s only A4-sized – in one of those ring-bound watercolour pads.
      I am tempted to having a go at creating others this way… time permitting! 😀

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        1. Will do. Soon. Ish… 😉

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  11. It’s a beautiful poppy Tom, fantastic 🙂 I find myself sinking deep into the heart of this poppy…. beautiful remembrance poppy 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Icewolf.
      I found myself getting lost in the scattering seeds, and I may write something about that for Remembrance Day.

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