California poppies in watercolor

This week i wanted to paint a very solar flower : A california poppy !

Even if i have quite a lot of reference picture for these flowers (some of them just above), i mostly paint this painting by looking at my plant directly as i have it on my terrace ! I’ve build my painting by multipliyng the flowers on my plant because they florish just by group of two to three. And i wanted this field of poppies feeling !

The most important part for me here is the choice of colors for the petals. I choose Aussie red gold for the base of the flower and gradient it towards nickel azo yellow at the top. This combo is perfect because the Aussie red gold brings the warmth and Nickel azo yellow, the solar light.

California poppies in video

California poppies in watercolor

Supplies :
Brushes : Escoda Último 1″, Escoda Último 1/2″ oval, Silver brush Black velvet 1/4″ dagger shaped.
Paper : Arches rough.
Colors : Indanthrene blue (Sennelier), Nickel azo yellow (Daniel Smith), Aussie red gold (Daniel Smith), Transparent red oxide (Daniel Smith).

And here hou have the finished painting (click to enlarge) :

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