A simple but dramatic watercolour of bright red oriental poppies.

Please click to see the whole image, the thumbnail shows only a tiny section.

The original work measures 15″ × 7″ and is painted on 300gsm Artistico extra white paper with artist quality watercolour paints.

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I have a passion for watercolours and love to play with colour, exploring the effect of combining pigment and water on the paper. Challenging the traditional view that watercolours are pale and washy, I love vibrant colour used in exciting combinations. I am especially drawn to flowers, their three dimensional forms presenting endless challenges.

I won the SAA Amateur Artist of the Year 2012 for my painting “Cosmic Poppies”.

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  • Marsha Elliott
    Marsha Elliottabout 2 years ago

    Simplistic beauty!

  • Thank you so much Marsha!

    – Ruth S Harris

  • Sally Griffin
    Sally Griffinabout 2 years ago

    so lovely, Ruth!!

  • Thanks Sally, for once I wouldn’t change anything!

    – Ruth S Harris

  • Vitta
    Vittaabout 2 years ago

    Magnificent work!!!

  • Thank you so much Vitta :)

    – Ruth S Harris

  • linmarie
    linmarieabout 2 years ago

    simplistic beauties I agree and even better….. there are 3….. love your poppies Ruth♥

  • Thank you LinMarie, I seem to be something of a poppy specialist :)

    – Ruth S Harris

  • © Linda Callaghan
    © Linda Callaghanabout 2 years ago

    beautful work Ruth…very striking…

  • Thanks Linda :)

    – Ruth S Harris

  • Fara
    Faraabout 2 years ago


  • Thank you Joyce

    – Ruth S Harris

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeabout 2 years ago

    Gorgeous creation and work.

  • Thank you so much Bunny :)

    – Ruth S Harris

  • Evita
    Evitaalmost 2 years ago

    Beautiful work !!!

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    Blooms (All Seasons Flowers) FEATURES August 31st, 2012

  • Sandra Fortier
    Sandra Fortieralmost 2 years ago

    Wonderful image! Congrats!!

  • Jacky Parker
    Jacky Parkeralmost 2 years ago

    A truly beautiful watercolour Ruth, congrats on your well deserved feature :D

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