Thursday, November 17, 2011

Purple Heart Poppy Painting and Watching a Poppy Hatch by Texas Flower Artist Nancy Medina

Purple Heart Poppies by Nancy Medina
12X12
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas
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Nancy Medina Web Site

Purple Heart Poppies is a new work in Flower Mound Studio, while the cold weather puts down roots in earnest in North Texas. Pansies are on sale at the local nursery, and if I have one spare moment this weekend I am going to take my coupon and pick up a batch of purple and yellow to put in pots around the front door. Today I took a trip down memory lane to fields of red poppies the size of dinner plates that grow wild around my friend's cabin in Utah. We carried our easels out into the woods and painted the blossoms as they blew in the breeze under the aspens.

Some of you are saying "oh dear, she's telling that artist meets bear story again where surprisingly, she is not eaten by the bear," but no, I promise not to bore you with that part of the tale. Instead, that weekend, I found out why poppies are called poppies. While we were blissfully painting them, we heard a loud POP noise, and a gorgeous large poppy unfurled right before our eyes. The pop noise was caused by the green egg-shaped casing that had burst open, releasing the red bloom in a matter of seconds. Here's the poppy egg, in the photo below. Now you know the rest of the story, poppies bloom, but they also hatch.



The inspiration for Purple Heart Poppies



A fresh poppy egg casing!
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