|Wild Poppies Near Argenteuil (1873)|
One of my personal favorites is this blooming field of poppies.
|Poppy Field in Giverny|
I thought would be fun for our young artists to paint a field of bright red poppies.
For simplicity, we would complete this painting in watercolor (9" x 12 ").
We then added distant flowers, which were really just long horizontal streaks of red or pink, because these flowers are so far away.
The closer the flowers are, the larger they look, so that is how we painted them. Those at the bottom of the paper are so close we can see some of the black centers inside them.
The last step is to add grassy details to the field of poppies. We would be able to clearly see green blades of grass between the poppies in the lower portion of the painting.
The poppy field below was completed by a four-year-old. We used liquid tempera paint and poster paint dabbers (dotters?) on large sulphite paper for this one. Because young children like to paint BIG, right?