Thursday, June 07, 2007

Poppies, Poppies...

I admit, it, I'm one of those annoying people who can't see a poppy field without saying "Poppies, poppies," in the voice of the Wicked Witch of the West. But these poppies really did knock my socks off. They were everywhere, and in my favorite color - cadmium red. Seeing the splashes of red against the green vineyards reminds of what my art teacher Lulu Stanley always said about painting landscapes: "Make sure to put some red in it to break up the green." Even if you don't see the red in a landscape, put it in, because otherwise all that green just feels monotonous and suffocating. Luckily in this landscape the magic "red trick" has already been done. And just looking at this photo makes me want to paint!


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