I begin work on a new series.

I'll be using the dreaded, ever popular, over used motif  - the poppy.

Having given it some thought and making a start it may be all right. I sowed a packet of 'Shirley single' some weeks ago and now in the sunshine they look wonderful.

I will plan the design first within a triple square then find the poppies to take their roles on my stage.

This is a 15cm watercolour sketch, one of many pencil, pastel and watercolour experiments. Eventually I need an oil painting 1'8M wide - so a good deal of scaling up required to lift colour application and saturation that far.

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