Poppy Field #2, oil pastel

As we remember World War I and the victims of this war, poppies are a symbolism for the many millions of souls that perished.  One of my earliest memories of this flower was when my Mother would receive a poppy from our local bank or grocery store on the day of remembrance and pin it on her dress – her way of acknowledging and remembering.

Here, my second version of a Poppy Field (#2), is a tribute and salute – this oil pastel (10×8) is of the same area that Poppy Field #1 was painted.  The painting was done on a gesso prepared artist canvas board, using mainly Holbeins, Senneliers and Neopastels brands.

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Poppy Field #2Reference image was from ESP of pmp.

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42 Responses to Poppy Field #2, oil pastel

  1. Eva PoeteX says:

    I am in love with your paintings!!

  2. A simple and yet mythic flower. Coming from France where WWI has left deep marks and living in California where the poppy is the state flower, this is a moving and lovely post acompanied of course by a beautiful art piece, as always.

  3. violetski says:

    Beautiful field dear Mary! ❤️
    I really love warm colors here❤️

  4. Wonderful piece Mary and wonderful meaning.

  5. ladyfi says:

    A beautiful painting.

  6. Jackie says:

    Beautiful painting and perfect tribute.

  7. All of the elements work here so very well. The flow of the sky, shadow and fore ground complement each other. Add the color into the mix and this painting sings.

    • Mary says:

      What a beautiful comment Elena, thank you so much. Glad you enjoyed the piece – it looks nice together with Poppy Field #1, so I’ve decided to hang them together in the center hallway. Have a beautiful weekend.

  8. Beautiful flow of fields of poppies!

  9. A wonderful tribute, Mary and soothing for all those souls lost in WWI. Remembering and acknowledging is so important – thank you for doing it so beautifully! 🙂

  10. Gallivanta says:

    Lovely and a wonderful remembrance.

  11. M-R says:

    I think I prefer this, Mary ! – although were you to ask me why, I’d do a bit of mumbling.
    I just love it !!!

  12. restlessjo says:

    A sad day, Mary, but a beautiful painting.

  13. Beautiful, Mary. I love the play of light and shadow in this one. Also the story behind it. 🙂

  14. Painting for Joy says:

    I learned something today! Thank you for sharing your wonderful story about Poppies. Adore this painting too! The long shadows give this piece great mood and emotion. xo

  15. poppytump says:

    The lone slightly drooping stance of the tree and the muted almost faded colouring of the poppies is very effective .
    Your poppy field is tinged with a subtle poignancy and all the more moving because of it Mary .

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Poppy – your descriptive words bring a grace to the scene that is not only a compliment, but a nod of knowing. Thank you so much.

  16. What a lovely post and wonderful memory. I didn’t know that about poppies. Your painting is wonderful, love the contrast colors between the tree and colorful fields.

  17. sefeniak says:

    Lovely sentiment and painting. My earliest remembrance of poppies is much the same as yours. As acknowledgement I still get a poppy every November 11 and wear it with respect.

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Susan so much and glad you experience the same each year – I have not seen poppies handed out here as they are back East.

  18. Lovely just as the other poppy field, love that you payed tribute to all the victims of the World War I in such a lovely way! Beautiful canvass!

  19. Doris says:

    beautiful story and painting love the contrast of the colors in this one

  20. Brings to mind one of the world’s most famous war poems, by John McCrea, that begins:

    “In Flanders fields the poppies blow
    Between the crosses, row on row
    That marks our place; and in the sky
    The larks, still bravely singing, fly
    Scarce heard amid the guns below…..”

    The color is just wonderful in this one, Mary…almost heartbreaking..

    • Mary says:

      Wow Cynthia, this brings tears to my eyes – simply beautiful and fitting. Thank you for bringing such a moving poem that we can all appreciate the profound meaning. And thank you for the lovely compliment, my poppy fields are done for the year.

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