Nancy Speaker, QPSA  

Poppies by Nancy Speaker, QPSA

June 2020 - Poppies

June 2020 - Nancy Speaker, QPSA


About the Image(s)

Paul and I finally had a Covid-19 outing for a local garden where we have a membership. It was wonderful to get out and handled very safely. With 86 acres, the controlled attendees were spread out and everyone had masks. Settings using my Lumix G9 with Telephoto lens 100-400. ISO 800, 124 mm, 1/500, f 6.3. These Matilija Poppies are so beautiful right now and while the magic number is 3, l liked the way these two arranged themselves. Made a selection, painted a background and painted the Poppies. All editing was in PS and painted using the mixer brush technique.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
7 comments posted

Elinor Stecker-Orel   Elinor Stecker-Orel
This is a gorgeous painting. The composition and panting technique are terrific. Yes, I think that two flowers here is more pleasing than three would be. I suggest you burn in some detail on those very bright petals on the lower flower.   Posted: 06/11/2020 14:32:31
Nancy Speaker   Nancy Speaker
They are rather bright as I see it now . Thank you.   Posted: 06/24/2020 11:51:11

Cindy Gosselin   Cindy Gosselin
Gorgeous rendition. The choice of background is excellent; and I like it's smooth textural quality. I also love how you have broken the edges; making the poppies and the background appear soft and dreamy. What a difference from the original harsh and cluttered environment. Wouldn't change a thing!   Posted: 06/13/2020 09:57:53
Nancy Speaker   Nancy Speaker
Thank you Cindy.   Posted: 06/24/2020 11:52:05

Terry Clark   Terry Clark
What a lovely interpretation. I think the detail in the whites is just right, anymore burning and it would lose that delicate texture.   Posted: 06/24/2020 14:24:00

Pat Centeno   Pat Centeno
I very much like your choice of flowers. The enfolded one is very interesting-looking, as opposed to shooting everything that has already unfurled. Love the goldish-rust mottled background which gives it depth without distraction.   Posted: 06/24/2020 16:14:36

Trey Foerster   Trey Foerster
This is just so delicate! The circular motion between the flowers is wonderful and I so like the background you chose both for texture and color. Making it a square was brilliant!   Posted: 06/24/2020 18:18:52