I have been wanting to do some poppies for some time and was motivated after having bought poppy pods from the Marietta Farmers Market a couple of weeks ago. Actually, I wanted to do the pods themselves but went looking at poppy photos and the reds were screaming to be subject matter. I have long admired the work of Lisbeth Zwerger and used her illustration of a famous poppy field‘s grey background for my own.
They walked along listening to the singing of the brightly colored birds and looking at the lovely flowers which now became so thick that the ground was carpeted with them. There were big yellow and white and blue and purple blossoms, besides great clusters of scarlet poppies, which were so brilliant in color they almost dazzled Dorothy’s eyes.
“Aren’t they beautiful?” the girl asked, as she breathed in the spicy scent of the bright flowers.
“I suppose so,” answered the Scarecrow. “When I have brains, I shall probably like them better.”
“If I only had a heart, I should love them,” added the Tin Woodman.
“I always did like flowers,” said the Lion. “They of seem so helpless and frail. But there are none in the forest so bright as these.”
They now came upon more and more of the big scarlet poppies, and fewer and fewer of the other flowers; and soon they found themselves in the midst of a great meadow of poppies. Now it is well known that when there are many of these flowers together their odor is so powerful that anyone who breathes it falls asleep, and if the sleeper is not carried away from the scent of the flowers, he sleeps on and on forever. But Dorothy did not know this, nor could she get away from the bright red flowers that were everywhere about; so presently her eyes grew heavy and she felt she must sit down to rest and to sleep.
(You guessed that was from The Wizard of Oz, didn’t you?)
My printer/scanner died a couple of weeks ago and this is the one we had in reserve. The colors are much more subdued than in the original, the orange in the edging doesn’t even show. It uses the same color ink cartridges as the old one but the printing quality is lacking also. Guess I will put up with it for a while. Just believe me when I say the poppies look lush on the original!!!