The Deer Blind
15 x 22 in.
Watercolour on paper, 2020
Available from the artist; contact [email protected] or 902-247-1910
Poppy Balser tells her story of painting this scene on location.
“This field is at the top of the hill on land that has been in my husband’s family for years. Walking through it on a winter afternoon, I noticed how the rows of grass poking through the snow made an appealing arc back into the distance, taking our eyes to the deer blind nestled under trees. The contrast of the warm grass against the cool, shadowed snow grabbed my eye. The straight lines of the building made a good counterpoint to the softer natural textures of the trees. This looked like a good scene to paint.
“It was too cold to paint that day, so I went out the very next day when we had fresh snow and temperatures that allowed watercolour painting outdoors. I spent the morning sketching, getting a feel for the colours and light. I was working up to be ready when it was again late afternoon and the sunlight fell across the field at just the right angle.”
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About Poppy Balser
Poppy Balser is a Canadian painter who relishes painting outside in all seasons. Her work reflects that strong inclination to painting directly from life: bold brushwork, convincingly natural colours and a sense of life breathed into each piece. The most common comment from viewers is that her work transports them into that place at that time.
She has won multiple awards for her work in both watercolors and oil. More detailed information about Poppy’s career can be found on her website.
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