Learning How To Paint Watercolor Poppies, My Way – Part 3

Watercolor Poppies{{UPDATE: The painting above was painted today. I couldn’t resist sharing it with my Paint Party Friday & Making It Pretty Friends}}

Watercolor Poppies - 9th&MayneI’ve been practicing my poppies, can you tell?! I sure can! It’s interesting to me how different my poppies have been over the last 3 Weeks. Part 1 & Part 2

Here’s a recap:

watercolor poppies recapWow! See the differences? My flowers have loosened up and have more personality by week 3. I very happy with how my style and techniques have changed. It comes from practicing, relaxing my wrist and letting go….not being afraid of making a mistake.  I’m on my way to perfecting ‘my style’.


Last week I told you I would be trying a new brush…the fan brush (pictured left)….and I did, but I wasn’t happy with the results. I’m sure it’s a great brush but, for now, they will stay put away.

The brush I used the most this week was my #2 Round Bamboo Brush (pictured right) that my kitty chewed up. I was going to toss the brush but instead I tried it out to see if I could get the effect I wanted. It worked perfectly! I’m pretty excited about this brush seeing how I saved it from the trash. *wink


I don’t know if you can tell but the two top paintings don’t have the same ‘feel’ as the bottom ones. I was still trying to ‘control’ the paint and brush strokes with the top paintings but soon learned that by loosening my wrist and using shorter brush strokes I could achieve a much nicer and prettier flower.

Watercolor Poppies Week 3

Here are my favorites. I really like the darker stems but I’m kinda digging the green.

Which is your favorite?

I’m linking up with Paint Party Friday and Making It Pretty

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    1. Thank You Kristin! I’m very pleased with this weeks paintings. btw…you’re photography is wonderful!! Love your style!

  1. I love the lightness in your brush stokes, the delicacy of your lines, these poppies are swaying in a soft summer breeze!

    1. Thank Lynn! I hadn’t thought of them swaying but now that you mentioned it, I can see it. Funny, how we all see things different. :)

    1. Thank you Peggy!! I had a hard time loosening my strokes, it felt unnatural, but I didn’t it and now it feels normal….I kinda feel like I’m flinging my wrist a little to much now. ;)

  2. Ooh I love them all but the green seems to pop! Good job, but how will your get kitty to chew another original? Better savor that one…it’s working marvelously!! lol Happy ppf!!

    Hugs Giggles

    1. I think the green pops also but I’m drawn to the dark stems. I might just have to leave out a couple bamboo brushed for the kitty. ;)

  3. I definitely see growth in your poppies (so to speak). I prefer the dark stems, and I think the yellow highlights really add to these. Really nice job!!!
    Happy PPF,

    1. Thank you!! I love the green also but the darker stems are my fav. Maybe it’s because the red and black go so well together. Thanks for stopping by.

    1. Thank you Jessica! I love the splatters too! I was against them in the past but I’ve loosened up and let them in…haha! HPPF!

  4. love it! the very top one has particularly pleasing textures and a beautifully loose feeling. love the splatters too! well done, my friend!

    1. Thank you! I’m so glad you like them!! I agree, the 1st one has the best textures….I love the colors too! Thanks for stopping by.

  5. I love your poppies and it’s interesting to see the different ways you’ve practised painting them. The first picture is my favourite – I love the faded colour palette!

  6. I can see so much change in your poppy paintings. They are so much looser and just gorgeous. Green (especially a brighter yellow green) is one of my favorite colors – but I like the darker stems better because then I only look at the poppies themselves – no distraction. HPPF

  7. Oh my,you have totally made my day-poppies are my favorite flower of all!! These are gorgeous and I’m in poppy heaven!!! You have beautifully captured the delicate crepe like petals LOVE the first two pics especially. Great idea to pick a subject and keep practicing with it. Happy PPF!

  8. Hi Kristin! So nice to see your poppies evolving!
    I very much love the first picture with the light colours! They are so beautiful, but then again the red poppies are too of course!

    Happy PPF!

    Ilona x

    1. Thanks Ilona! I love the lighter colors for my poppies but I’m also loving the dark red. Thank you for stopping by!

  9. OOOOOOOH! These are absolutely GORGEOUS! The blending of the colors and the stem….perfection!

    And your shade below… I want. Fabulous!

    1. Thank you! I’m loving my poppies also….finally feel like I have a good handle on them, now it’s time to learn something else. ;) Thanks for stopping by!

  10. are these your own paintings?they are very cute,you know I’ve just started to paint with watercolor and I’m not very good at that would you please put some images in different steps,I’d really appreciate that

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