Red Poppy

Trying out watercolor pencils with a quick poppy study.

I can't mention my favorite flower without also noting one of my favorite installations, Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, the 2014 brainchild of ceramic artist Paul Cummins. With the help of stage designer Tom Piper, 888,246 ceramic red poppies were planted in the Tower of London's dry moat in commemoration of the allied fallen in WWI. I kid you not, 30 seconds after reading the original post on Colossal, I was prepared to drop everything as I looked up plane tickets to London - only to realize the installation had already been dismantled by that time. I'll just have to keep my sights on the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve (or the Eastern Mediterranean?).