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Poppies in the Field

Updated: Sep 13, 2021

Artist's Statement:

I remember first hearing the word “poppies” as part of a sleeping spell cast by the Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz “Poppies … poppies -- poppies will put them to sleep.”

The poppies in this painting have a much happier frame of reference. I found them growing among the weeds in a field in Israel. The field, which had once defensive structures for the military, was soon to become a vineyard. The poppy has a color so vibrant as to stand out wherever the flower appears. I hope that this painting depicts that vibrancy.

Oil on Canvas

17.5 x 17.5

Never be afraid to be a poppy in a field of daffodils.

Michaela Mabinty DePrince Sierra Leonean-American ballet dancer.

Life has always poppies in her hands. Of course, now and then things linger. I once wore nothing but violets all through one season….

Oscar Wilde The Picture of Dorian Gray

In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below

John McCrae, In Flanders Fields poem written to memorialize the death of a friend during the second battle of Ypres (World War I) [first stanza]

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