Hard to believe a year has slipped by since my last post! A lot has happened in a year, but I am still in the same place and still doing henna and still liberating my art!
This was a fun piece to make — and it also stretched my limits! I had the vision of California poppies.
I had visited the Carlsbad Flower Fields a few years ago and just loved a patch of California poppies. I used to have a small patch in my own front yard, near the trash cans which bloomed in mid-spring with a burst of color. However, my “helpful” next-door neighbor was killing his weeds and decided to kill mine, too. He was so proud of how he helped me out. I didn’t have the heart to tell him that he decimated my wildflower patch…
So in the void of my own poppy patch, I decided to paint one.
The background is made from layers of sheet music (from an old choral folder I found and was going to recycle), and bits of Japanese text from a local neighborhood paper. (I love that San Diego has such diversity). There are also some Tim Holtz butterflies and bees under the greenery. I made the flowers with painted handmade paper. The absorbent texture of the soft paper really soaked up the watercolor paint! Once I figured out where to put the flowers, I added the fronds in a silvery-green. But that didn’t show up very well, so I added an extra layer of dark green paint — I like the dimensionality of the 2 layers of color. Then I added the little blue flowers. And it still needed something. The inspiration for a bee arrived; I painted it in watercolors and felt-pen and glued it on. At last, I had my poppy sanctuary to share.
I mailed my cards off to Kat Sloma’s Liberate Your Art swap a few weeks ago, and soon cards will start arriving. I can’t wait to see where my cards landed and which ones end up here!
If you would like one of my postcards, just let me know and I’ll put one in the mail for you!