Tuesday, September 30, 2008

A New Poppy Painting and Poll Results

Poppies Along the River, 24x12, acrylic

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Aaaaah poppies, so uplifting, powerful and cheerful! Twenty-nine people voted in my unscientific, just for fun, poppy poll. With the majority, 13 voting in favor of the idea that red is a power color and draws the eye and that's why poppy paintings are so popular. In a close second, 10 people thought it was because they are "just so darn cheerful" and 6 voted for the popularity of the Monet-ish look. As I was thinking about these results it became clear to me that (as I always suspected) it's the color RED that is the influencing factor in the appeal of poppies. Whether red is thought to be a power color or a cheerful color is probably in the eye of the beholder, but it does seem that there's something about that color. Of course my husband points out that if it's just the color, than paintings of apples, barns, fire engines and stop signs should be equally popular. Hmmmmm, good point. So perhaps it's the combination of the color and the floral subject? I don't know for sure, but for me personally, poppy paintings always speak of someplace very beautiful, someplace I dream of visiting or living....the south of France, California in the spring, the land of Oz (remember the poppy fields that put Dorothy and her friends to sleep?). Poppy field paintings have an iconic, fantasy like quality to them in my mind. For some people, and a few e-mailed me on this point, they are the majestic flower of our fallen soldiers who gave the ultimate sacrifice in the defense of our precious freedoms. Whatever the reason, they remain a very popular subject and one that I enjoy painting over and over again.


Sylvia Jenstad said...

What a beautiful inviting painting... really cool

Jan Blencowe said...

Hi Sylvia....thanks so much! jan