While traveling in England in 2014, I was fortunate enough to visit the Tower of London on the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I and see the Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red exhibit. This exhibit consisted of 888.246 ceramic poppies, sweeping over the side of the Tower of London and out onto the lawn. It was a visually stunning and emotional piece of artwork.
The remembrance poppy was inspired by the World War I poem “In Flanders Field,” and the poem refers to poppies as the first flowers to emerge on the war-torn battlefields of Europe. This project was inspired by the remembrance poppies and shows the frailty of this striking, vibrant flower. These little poppies remind us that reemergence after a tragedy, even if it is a slow, painful process, is a triumphant victory.
Red Poppies Mixed-Media Canvas Directions:
Adhere strips of book pages and sheet music to canvas with gel medium. Be sure to add a layer of gel medium to the top of the collage as well.
Flowers are painted using Ruby paint mixed with a touch of Umber. Each flower shape should be a triangle, leaving the top of the flower with jagged brush strokes. Add just a touch of Lemon paint to the center of the flower and blend it outwards toward the top of the flower.
For the stem of the flower, mix Umber paint with just a touch of Fuchsia and Ruby. This helps it coordinate with the flower’s burgundy red color. Paint the base of the flower shape with the brown mixture, then add a stem.
Add a Tim Holtz Small Talk Sticker phrase to the top corner of your canvas.