Poppies in a Fallow Field

  "Poppies in a Fallow Field" Oil on Linen, 16x20" © Jennifer E Young

"Poppies in a Fallow Field" Oil on Linen, 16x20" ©Jennifer E Young

I posted a progress shot of this painting a while ago, but let it marinate while I took advantage of the good weather to explore some plein air painting. While I haven't closed the season on plein air work, I'm excited to return to the studio, both to start something new and to tie up loose ends.

In southern France, farmers often sow poppies and other wild flowers in fields that otherwise go fallow. This naturally helps protect the soil from erosion. At other times, poppies self sow and grow wild spontaneously. In either case, their profuse springtime display is pure joy to behold.