Friday, January 22, 2010

Poppy Parade

Poppy Parade
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Poppy Parade is a new work in reds drying on the easel in Flower Mound Studio tonight. I thought you might like to meet a real Poppy, my grandpa. Poppy adored animals and his house was always filled with a menagerie of critters, squirrels, wounded animals he was nursing back to health, and the birds from the back yard who he tamed. The last time I saw my Poppy he was wearing this funny orange hat and wearing a sweatshirt, and had flown in from St. Louis to visit my family on the farm and help dad put up a fence. He loved animals, and he loved people, too, and never met a stranger. They don't make them like Poppy anymore.

My Grandpa, Poppy


The Muse said...

Nancy, I am delighted to read your post...especially to read about your Poppy...I have never met anyone else who called their grandad Poppy!

And for your poppies, I adore them...they are such a vital flower...bright and joyous!

A New England Life said...

There are those gorgeous Poppies I love so much!

How on earth did your Poppy get a Bluejay to sit on his shoulder? I've never seen that before!

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Hi Nancy
Your Poppy looked like he is a friend to all.
Sometimes there is just one jewel in the sea, who is a friend to all. I guess he is that jewel.
Thank you for sharing your Poppy and your beautiful poppys too.

Marie Theron said...

Dear Nancy, I am totally impressed by that ad in American Art Collector. Of course no one needs a magnifying glass to find your painting! Nice inset about your gran! The poppies are magnificent, I wonder whether you ever see the thin pastel-colored poppies there?

Autumn Leaves said...

Oh Nancy! I love the photo and stories of your grandpa Poppy. He sounds like the type of man I'd have loved to know, a great friend. That photograph deserves a portrait! I'd love to give it a whirl, if you are ok with that. I'm not very good but I keep trying. I'd also just like to send it to you when it is finished (it does take me some time; I'm a bit slow with paintings). Please let me know if that is ok, ok? (teehee)

Your painting is so beautiful, so making me want the rush of spring to arrive. I also like the point of view and think that this may well be what Dorothy, Toto, and the Cowardly Lion saw when they awoke in the poppy field as the snow began to fall...

Angela Elledge said...

There are not enough adjectives to describe your beautiful paintings, outstanding!!! I do not come across to many grandpa's named Poppy, my father is Poppy, too! Your Poppy is a portrait waiting to be painted, Miss Nancy!!!

Unknown said...

Missy Muse, I am not sure why my family called him Poppy - I'm going to ask my aunt today, it is a cool name isn't it?

Sharon Poppy was like Dr. Doolittle, animals seemed to have no fear of him.

Tweedley, there was truly only one Poppy, you are so right cuteypug!

Marie, thank you lady, do you mean the pink poppies? I've seen some beauties in California that are pretty small but grow everywhere, esp the orange ones...I think they are the state flower!

Autumn, I would be incredibly honored if you paint Poppy, his children would love that too. Thank you!!! xoxo

Unknown said...

Thankyou Angela - how funny that your dad is a Poppy! You are so kind. Are you glad you finished the commission? : )

Becky said...

Your Poppy looks like a great grandpa. A Poppy with animals, it just doesn't get any better than that.The bluejay on his shoulder is really something.

Archie and Melissa said...

hi nancy!
oh what an amazing painting and grandpa.
you can tell what a special person he is! xoxoxo