Expressive watercolor poppies

Expressive watercolor poppies by Nela Dunato

Expressive watercolor poppies by Nela Dunato

Expressive watercolor poppies by Nela Dunato

It's poppy season in Croatia, and they happen to be one of my favorite flowers. I like the silky texture of the flower petals, the bright reflective red color, and the fact that you can't keep them in a vase. Soon after being picked, the petals just fall off. The only way to enjoy the sight of a wild poppy is in its natural environment.

In my quest to learn how to paint with watercolor quickly and loosely with colors mixing on paper instead of the palette, I made these poppy studies in my miniature sketchbooks, as well as one on a larger sheet of paper. The one with the green background was first so it's not as good as the other ones, but I wanted to include the whole batch.

If you like flower-related art, check out my other art journal and sketchbook pages:



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