A Field of Poppies

A Field of Poppies

A Field of Poppies

I am very pleased with how this pastel turned out.  It was initially called A Tree in the Sunset.  I struggled with the clouds. It was unbelievable.  I just couldn’t get them right.  I redid them and redid them.  The advantage of digital art is my two favorites, undo and erase.

I was still not liking this piece, when I ran across a picture of a field of poppies.  Red is my favorite color.  Anytime I get an opportunity to add it to my art, I grab it.

I still struggled with this piece further, but finally it is done.

I belong to several private art groups on Facebook.  They are a great place to hang my art.  They are all very supportive.  Everyone always just loves your art.  Of course, if there were some helpful suggestions, we could all grow as artists.  But sometimes, artists just need to know their art is liked and loved.  Artists mostly work alone, and can get isolated.  This is especially true in my case because I am limited because of the FM.

I found a new FB page recently.  It is called Magically Mixed Art Community.  It is filled with fabulous art.  It has over 15,000 members.  It was started by Tracy Verdugo, a very talented artist and writer.  You can check out her blog here.  You can check out the Facebook group here.  I posted this pastel there and got an overwhelming response to it.  I was blown away.  It feels so good to have so many talented artist like my work.  It has been a long time since that has happened.  Like 20 years.

I hope you all enjoy the poppies.

  29 comments for “A Field of Poppies

  1. Carole Jeffries
    July 4, 2014 at 10:34 am

    I love this.



  2. May 2, 2014 at 5:05 am

    Fabulous artwork!


  3. April 20, 2014 at 8:52 am

    This is one of my favorites of your work. It is just beautiful, and I so love the red poppies. You are inspiring other artists! I am not an artist but decided to try old-fashioned watercolors on paper, because I am inspired by you and always loved watercolors. Great work, Kerry! I am enjoying the variety of types of painting you are producing!


    • May 8, 2014 at 11:11 pm

      Hi Leigh, Let me see some of your watercolors. I’ll post them on my blog. It’s the least I can do.


  4. April 19, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    I just love your art work. Your choice of color speaks volumes.


    • May 8, 2014 at 11:13 pm

      I’m sorry to be so slow in replying to your wonderful comments. Thank you so much. It really encourages me to hear from readers like you, Kimberly.


  5. April 10, 2014 at 9:02 am

    ‘But sometimes, artists just need to know their art is liked and loved. Artists mostly work alone, and can get isolated. This is especially true in my case because I am limited because of the FM.’

    Um…sign me up for this club!


    • April 11, 2014 at 5:03 am

      Yep, we’re an isolated little club. Do you post any of your art work on any Facebook pages? I like to do that because I get in touch with other artists. If you want the names of the pages where I post, let me know. I just recently signed up for a bunch more. But I don’t know how good they are.


  6. April 9, 2014 at 6:26 am

    Beautiful work! I love all the colors and you’ve really captured the magical beauty of the sunset. It’s a scene I wish I could step into!


    • April 10, 2014 at 4:42 am

      Thanks for your comment. I’m so glad you liked this piece. I’m with you, let’s jump into this field of poppies!


  7. April 7, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    I can se why so many enjoyed your painting, it’s a great piece. Has a surreal feel to it, and the simplicity draws me in. The best for me is the light, love it.


    • April 9, 2014 at 5:31 am

      Thanks, Mary, for your comments. The light of the sun was done with a special digital brush called, of all things, the glow brush. It has really cool effects.


  8. Pepper
    April 7, 2014 at 10:26 am

    My husband was completely wowed by your work. He has been wanting to try regular painting but when I showed him your work, he wanted to try it. What do you use? How would he start?


    • April 9, 2014 at 5:34 am

      Thank you so much for your comment. I use an app called Painter. It is made by Corel. You can download a 30-day free trial from them. It has a steep learning curve for most people. I took classes at an on-line place called the Digital Art Academy to learn how to use Painter. They have a great beginning course. It is three four-week sessions. Another option is to start with an app called Paint Shop Pro. It costs much less and is easier to learn. It does many of the things Painter can do. It can also be used for editing photos.

      If I can answer any other questions, let me know.


  9. Pepper
    April 7, 2014 at 6:22 am

    I can’t tell you how uplifting I find your work to be! What a talent you have! Again, thank you for sharing!


  10. April 7, 2014 at 5:47 am

    That’s beautiful it would make many things come alive including a header would look stunning. I don’t know how you make this do you sort of paint or on the computer? X


    • April 9, 2014 at 5:37 am

      Thanks for you comments, they are very nice. I use a program called Painter X3 by Corel to paint. It comes with many kinds of media, like acrylics, chalk, pastel, watercolor, oil, pencils, etc. It comes with over 700 brushes. I have to run it on a very big computer with lots of ram, because it gives a 3-D effect to the brush strokes and uses a ton of memory. I use a tablet by a company called Wacom. It is just like drawing on paper, drawing on the tablet. I could never do this with just a mouse.


      • April 9, 2014 at 1:51 pm

        Gosh that sounds like serious stuff. I imagined you must use a drawing tablet id like one of those. I tried editing a cartoon face of mins with my finger lol what a nightmare x


      • April 12, 2014 at 5:07 am

        It would be impossible to do my art without a tablet. It makes all the difference. Wacom has one called the Bamboo, which is much more reasonable than the one I use. There are also tablets available for use with the iPads and similar items.


      • April 12, 2014 at 5:12 am

        A friend just got me a second hand one but looks new I havnt received it yet but am very excited 🙂 can’t wait to try it hehe


      • April 13, 2014 at 4:52 am

        You’ll love working with a tablet. It is a huge difference.


  11. April 7, 2014 at 4:05 am

    Lovely. Where I am at the moment there are countless poppies but the breeze is too much to take a decent photo as the basis for something similar. Very frustrating! Thank you for sharing the FB group. I agree with you totally about the advantages of digital art!


    • April 12, 2014 at 5:09 am

      Thanks for your comment. Too bad you missed the photo. But maybe you can dig it up from your memory. I just started doing landscapes and totally don’t know what I’m doing. Right now I’m using reference images to get ideas and figure out colors. I’m working towards coming up with my own ideas, though.


  12. April 7, 2014 at 3:26 am

    I love the colors in your work. Red is my favorite color as well. It’s nice to know that you can share your struggles and triumphs with others. Thanks for sharing the Facebook link. I haven’t joined Facebook yet. At first, I had some reservations as to whether it would be appropriate for my artwork, but I think I might check it out when I get the chance.


    • April 12, 2014 at 5:11 am

      A lot of people have concerns about FB. But I just decided to go ahead. At first I only belonged to two private pages to post my art work. Now I’ve joined a bunch, but some of them are weird, so I’m deleting them. The Magically Mixed Art group is by far the best and friendliest.


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