Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Poppies


"Poppies" is this week's challenge at Inspiration Avenue. Oh what a lovely theme!! I love poppies, they belong to my favorite flowers. Of course I love our California poppy, the state flower...



... and the beautiful oriental poppies that are so showy and come in all kinds of colors.





 


But my true love, the poppy that really makes me smile and feel happy, is the wild poppy that you can find in Germany at the roadsides and in the meadows - we call them "Klatschmohn" which is such a wonderful name for them. Sometimes an entire field appears to be red because of all the poppies that gently glide with the wind from side to side.



They are a great partner to alternative energy sources like windmills, especially when there's a storm lurking in the clouds:


It's the roadside poppies that inspired me to this mixed media painting, and I loved to include the seed pods that are still beautiful long after the actual flower is gone.



Poppies are my all time favorites and I am sure that I will paint more poppies and include their image in my mixed media work.




13 comments:

gina said...

What a super selection of poppy images! I love California poppies, especially seeing a big field of them. Your mixed media piece does this flower justice!

The Elephant's Child said...

They are such a simply, elegant and vivid flower that I think they are dear to many of us. I loved your mixed media works - thank you for featuring them.

Nancy McCarroll said...

I just love ALL your photos! And the mixed media piece you created is beautiful. Thank you for showing these beauties!

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Wunder-wunderschön, ich kann mich gar nicht satt sehen, diese Farben - ein Traum, gerade bei diesem trüben Wetter.
Deine Mixed-Media-Teile sind absolut hitverdächtig.

Yvonne said...

WOW, what a gorgeous array of poppy photos, Carola!

Terrie Purkey said...

An absolutely magnificent collection of poppies. Your photographs are amazing and the art is so pretty. What's not to love about a poppy, right? Thanks for the visit - look forward to lots more IA challenges this year!

Robin aka Gotham Girl said...

Loved opening my computer this morning to a sea of beauty! Just lovely! Your art work is incredible!

see you there! said...

I think this is my favorite ever of all your posts. Wonderful photos, wonderful artwork. Glad to see you at IA this week.

Darla

patty said...

Oh, Carola, these are ALL sooooo fabulous!!!

Sally H said...

Wow, wow, wow! What stunning photos! I too love poppies and especially the seed heads.

Lou Anne said...

Your post is visually stunning! I love the mixed media piece with the poppy seed heads. Beautiful.

Ginnie said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE what you have done with your poppies, Carola, in all your media. You've sold me on the beauty of this flower. And yes, I do remember now that it is the state flower of CA...after all those 12 years living there.

Zena said...

Wonderful photos and your artwork is fantastic