Poppies at Middleport Pottery


13cm x 21cm watercolour sketchbook

Back in August 2018 I visited a couple of the “Weeping Window” installations at Hull and Stoke-on-Trent. While looking for some painting inspiration recently I decided to recreate this as a painting.

The version set up in Stoke-on-Trent was deployed at Middleport Pottery, running down the side of a bottle kiln. It was part of the “Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red” artwork, created by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper. It made headlines in 2014 being displayed at the Tower of London. It came to Stoke-on-Trent as part of the final year it was being exhibited before it would be moved to become part of the Imperial Was Museums’ collection.

The version I saw in Hull was displayed running down the Maritime Museum in Hull centre. While it was a brilliant display, and Hull is my home town, there was something special about seeing it displayed at Middleport potteries, in the heartland of the potteries and ceramic industry in the UK.

For the painting, I looked through all the pictures I took on the day and choose a fair straight on view of the display. I wanted to use a wash and ink technique, using only light colours to make the painting. What I soon found was that the poppies weren’t that vibrant. So in this instance I reverted back to my normal style of applying paint, which is more heavy handed, in order to do the poppies justice on the paper.

I actually quite like this painting. I feel at this stage that my watercolour is getting better. I’ll have to keep distracted and try a few more. Let’s see what happens.

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