Artist's description:

A memento from my childhood. The first time I was ever shown how to make a poppy dolly it changed the way I perceived the world. I was five years old when I was awakened to the fact that everything is possible; if flowers could be turned into dancing figurines then fairies and other mystical folk could really exist even though I couldn't see them. In this painting as the fairies finish bringing the poppy dolly to life you can see the feint highlights of her eyes starting to appear. I've always been fascinated by the fabric and colour of petals, and having such a large canvas to work on really gave me a chance to play with the depth of colour and explore the fragility of the poppies. This is one of my most colourful and largest artworks to date and I was able to completely immerse myself in this creation. Inspired by the large deep red poppies seen at Bern Botanical gardens and blue summer skies.
The artwork is tissue paper petals on canvas which gives an extra dimensional effect and these are painted over with oil colour. The sides of the artwork are painted.
The artwork is signed on the bottom side of the artwork and also comes with a certificate of authenticity stating that it is an original.
Please note that it is very difficult to get accuracy on the colours in the photographs, but the poppies are a deeper red than shown in most of the images (less orange).

Materials used:

Oil paint, tissue paper, walnut oil, acrylic paint.

Poppy Dollies (2014)


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Michelle Soden-Gilkes


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