I've been painting and selling poppy watercolours for years, in some ways they have been my signature flower, but for some reason I seem to be struggling a bit at the moment, it may have something to do with feeling under pressure with so many exhibitions coming up and not enough paintings ready. It may also be that I am my own worst critic and that this painting was not how I envisaged it in my minds eye! This painting will be on display at New Buckenham Art Exhibition, Norfolk over the Easter Weekend. The weekend was spent on a gardening blitz, my idea of bliss; the sun was shining and it felt like spring had finally arrived. I can't wait to get out there painting my own flowers again. Last year we grew hundreds of poppies in the garden, mainly because when we moved house I came across a jam jar in the garage filled with seeds and not being sure what they were, threw caution to the wind and sowed them everywhere - beautiful though not long lasting, but they did fill up the space in my newly dug garden. I was in the lucky position of having a new garden laid to grass, so have been busily designing it and filling it up with my choice of plants - it looked a picture last year so hopefully with a years maturity it will look even more beautiful this year. We've already had the snowdrops, crocuses and daffs up in the grass and the bluebells are starting to show now.
Susan C. Adcock