Night Poppy (2018)
I became very interested in the still life art of the Dutch golden age when I read the marvellous The Last Painting of Sarah de Vos. This novel is a must for anyone with a love art history, conservation and detective stories. It also contains vivid and amusing pen pictures Edmund Capon and the recently retired head pack of the NSW art gallery.
This is my homage to this rich period of Baroque art. For the oil I switched from the portrait format of the study Baroque Poppy so that I could add a hint of a mysterious forest in the background .
As with all my oils I use Old Holland paints. These enormously expensive paints are still hand made in a tradition that the firm has followed since the 17th century. It gives an wonderful intensity of pigment load with very few fillers which in turn allows the colours to glow.