I've been having fun over the last week or so painting these. Whilst I've painted poppies before I haven't painted them on such a big scale. It's been good to loosen up a little with larger areas of more fluid paint. I wanted to keep the background minimal so the entire focus is centred on the fiery forms of the petals.
The seed heads were plotted in early on by scratching in to the first layer of paint with the end of the brush. This made linear ridges of paint that I could dry brush over to build up the form. I've purposely kept them in a softer focus with no detail to suggest depth. As subsequent layers of glaze were added this helped to push them back. I painted the centres in by first adding in the dark veins in the petals and then glazing the reds on top. The flower centres were the last thing to be added which whilst they might look detailed in the picture are really quite loosely painted.