Happy spring! As you travel through California during the poppy bloom, you’ll notice quite a variation in the state flower.
The poppies in Southern California are larger with thicker petals and larger “buttons” (receptacles), and they take on a shade of orange likened to a marigold.
In Northern California these wildflowers have a delicate, smaller quality to them and tend toward more of a sunflower yellow.
Perhaps this is because of an adaptation to the environment. I’d like to think of it as nature taking her artistic liberty to suit the poppies’ style to the landscape.
Despite the reasons, they sure are an inspiration for my art as spring blooms, and as such take on a look of their own.
“Poppies at Beale Falls” was inspired by spring hikes in the beautiful Spenceville Wildlife Area of NorCal. The three bright orange poppies with torch worked stems were surface fused to the panel of clear glass which is filled with raku inclusions.
The blue and gold tones of the water and falls simply make the poppies pop!
Of all the design elements in this piece, my favorite is the stem with just the button left. The flower is gone, but a beauty all its own remains.
The poppy dishes which have bloomed in the studio are all about color and contrast. As an artistic representation of the state flower, they are
accented with shadowing and a burst of black at the center. They’ll definitely add a splash of color to your “landscape”.
…Together let’s add a splash of color and some good positive stuff to our world!