Monday, March 5, 2012

Heart of the Poppy - HOLD


Acrylic on 9x12 canvas sheet
Available through DPW gallery/auction

One of my favorites, this is a closeup of the very heart of a poppy. I loved the contrast between the center and the petals and wanted the closeup to expound on that. In addition, I used various reds & oranges to indicate the petals - with the color changes making them appear almost translucent.

I have always had a fondness for closeups, especially of flowers. It reminds me of being a child & walking among the flowers in my grandfathers garden. He would pick single flowers for me to hold & explain each one to me. I would take the flower & hold it close to my eye to "see" all that he was saying.  I do believe he taught not only about the flowers, but he also taught the love of gardening. And though he's been gone for 47 years, he is still with me whenever I am out in my garden. I can never look at a Pansy without smiling, or stare closely at the center of a flower without a sense of wonder!

3 comments:

CrimsonLeaves said...

This could also be a raging inferno with nothing left to burn in the center...A really cool effect when you realize it is actually a poppy and its center. Amazing work, Nan!

Irina said...

Very powerful work, one of my favorites, too. Amazing red, so full with passion and energy.

Nan Johnson said...

The wonder of the color red - it really does have so much power. And Sherry, it does resemble an inferno now that you mention it. Closeups can do that - give the viewer something different to see!

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