This latest drawing was based on one of my favourite photographs. The image was taken at a local park, with the poppy and foliage beautifully backlit by the fading sunshine. It is the most challenging piece that I have worked on in coloured pencil and took a long time to complete. The difficult areas were trying to capture the different focal points, the contrast between light and shade, and especially drawing all those tiny hairs on the stems and buds!
Poppies are one of my favourite flowers. They come in bright beautiful colours and I love seeing a large bed of poppies swaying in a gentle breeze. I have just completed a red poppy on drafting film and took a lot of reference photos at a local park.
The poppy has long been associated as a symbol of many things, including eternal sleep. The red poppy is known to signify wartime remembrance so it seemed timely to title this drawing ‘Remembrance’ with the Anzac Day Centenary this coming weekend.
A small way of honouring those who have served Australia and New Zealand in wartime since that historic landing at Gallipoli, Turkey on 25th April, 1915. “Lest We Forget.”