POPPY (2022) was created after finishing the JUNIPER (2022) painting; it inspired me to create not a painting of leaves and sticks but instead of a flower. After blocking the canvas with a blue pigment stick, I waited until it dried to add sticks for the background bush and some floating leaves. These serve as the background in this work’s slightly fauvist-inspired art theme.
Though initially, I would have turned the grass into a more opaque and fuller stroke, I started to like the rather faint strokes produced when painting on a dry canvas. The painting is a complementary piece to JUNIPER (2022) as a series of two paintings.
I felt that there was no message but therapy. This painting helped soothe my nerves when suffering from an anxiety or panic attack. It’s okay if the work has no meaning if it helps to calm you down. Maybe it’s there to feel aesthetic and connected to the world in creating new life through the painting.
We, humans, are creative, and this painting embraces that. It allows my spirits to flow free onto the canvas creating a replica of my imagination. This replica pulls out toxins from my head, metaphorically, and creates a new sense of belonging.
This painting was completed when the Juniper trees were growing- and they’re beautiful. Therefore, I wanted to instil the calm from the tree into the canvas. I first painted from a reference of a picture I had taken, then wiped the whole canvas smearing the entire paint into a blur. Afterwards, I painted over it again, reinterpreting what was once there without reference. Creating a new entire painting; that might not be juniper anymore but pulls a calming feel towards the surface as the previous layers are harmonious with the new creation.
The materials used were oil sticks/pigment sticks on canvas. I used a palette knife to smear the entire painting. After smearing it, I painted the layer above while wet with only a white paint stick, then let it dry to give it a lighter feel for the next layer.
Like my previous paintings, they have thick strokes in an impasto style. This adds depth and uses natural lighting to add detail to the painting. It also allows for history to be seen. The original painting is still slightly visible through the top. The lower it goes, the older it gets.