Mary’s Poppy Expression

My obsession with poppies continues, this time the transparent, delicate petals of a pale pink variety contrasted with a blood red variety.

Poppy: Mary's Expression (Pink), original oil painting by Marie Wise

It wasn’t my idea this time. Mary wanted a painting above her bed, and she was very specific about the poppies. We combined several compositions into one that included delicate, fluttery petals and bold luscious bright reds.


I used a lot of Permanent Rose and Alizarin Crimson, and white of course. There are about four layers of paint over top of a warm gray grisaille.

This is the result. I’m happy with it. But I suppose it will mean creating a bedspread to match. An artist’s work is never done!

The meaning and symbolism of poppies

The flower symbolism associated with poppies is beauty, magic, consolation, fertility and eternal life. The Egyptians included poppies at funerals and in burial tombs. The Greeks used poppies in the shrines of Demeter, goddess of fertility, and Diana, goddess of the hunt. Poppies denote sleep, rest and repose. In modern times, poppies have been associated with Flanders fields as an emblem of those who died in World War I.

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