Monday, June 7, 2010


This year only one of my 4 poppies bloomed.  Not sure why, as it has been a good year for everything else.  I was surprised, when painting this, how many shades of purple are in the center of the flower.  Purple does seem to be an appropriate color to be associated with opium.  "After WWII, Poppies became the symbol of both tragedy and renewal of life. They gained this recognition as there were many poppies in the battlefields of France. Each year on Memorial Day, Veterans sell poppies as a memorial for those who have given their lives for their country. The proceeds benefit veterans groups." Gardener's Network