(Japanese papers with ink and acrylic. ca. 16.5 x 16.5 cm.)
Lately poppies have been making their way into my collages.
(Japanese and Florentine papers with ink and acrylic. ca. 9 x 9 cm.)
The first poppies I knew were of two varieties: the plastic Remembrance Day ones sold on street corners and in subway stations; and the ones creating a blazing, crimson field in a Monet painting. The first time I saw a real one was on an unlikely, grotty Toronto street, years and years ago. It seemed to grow up from the very cement right next to the metal post of a street sign. I stopped and stared for longer than I should have.
(Japanese papers with ink and acrylic. ca. 9 x 9 cm.)
Such a strong and fragile flower. Exotic and intoxicating. A shock of red on the most delicate, tissue paper petals. A drop of blood from a doomed queen as she sits at her window with her needle and her dreams.