Thursday, June 25, 2009


For some reason I was thinking of Venice when I painted this poppy...
Swirls of creamy gold reproduced the play of light, while tones of rust created shadows on the rich orange sections.  Open petals moulded into a delicate bowl shape... while the center stamens topped with bluish pollen could have been slender rods of glass filigree. 
Perhaps I should have named it Murano after the Italian Island where the glass blowing industry was moved to in 1291 in order to prevent Venice from catching on fire.  The extreme temperatures created in the glass blowing furnaces were a cause for concern, since at that time, many of the buildings in Venice were wooden...

Thick rich orange oil paint on canvas... guaranteed not to break, and no need to go to Italy to purchase it.

8x10 oil on canvas (needs a bit of drying time)

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