Last night was one of those nights where all I wanted to do was paint – not sleep, work, or whatever – just create something. Turns out it was the full moon. Along with many other creatives, I suffer from “full-moon-itis”! About 10pm I gave in and opened a packet of A4 size Hahnemuhle watercolour paper. The 300gsm is heavy enough that I can work on it without needing to stretch it; perfect for doing mixed media at my desk, and it’s a lovely surface to work on.
I have done a lot of works inspired by the old Patea Freezing Works over the last few years, and since going to Italy in 2010 I’ve also done a lot of works that involve poppies. Last night I combined the two and depicted the freezing works site regenerating, with poppies growing where the land has been disturbed, just like in Cassino, Italy. I kept one derelict building at the far right, and a few ‘ghost’ buildings along the horizon, where they still exist in my memory. I used Golden airbrush acrylics, a super fine Sharpie pen, Faber Castell aquarelle sticks and Caran D’Ache Neocolors, then added text in Photoshop.
Very suggestive and slightly ethereal for me as I too am working on ruins and poppies at the moment. This year the poppies have long stems and are a darker red as there has been no rain (until yesterday) since December, only the snow.
I like your text addition; rebirth and peace are what we all aim for.
Lovely painting, such soothing colours and nice composition. Thanks for your kind comment too.
Hi Cath, This piece is so beautiful and inspiring! Also: Thank you for the nomination on Michelle’s comment post-I haven’t been blogging much and I just saw it this morning. My favorite part of the Crusades is meeting people like you!