Poppies are the quintessential summer flowers, their bright red heads bobbing in the wind among long grasses or stalks of wheat. Such was the scene when I set up my easel to paint “Summer in the Valley” in a lovely meadow above Innsbruck. Being in Tyrol, these poppies have an amazing backdrop provided by the North chain of the Karwendel alps. I was inspired by the remains of snow in the crags on the mountain tops contrasted against the summery scene in the valley below- the starkness of the bare grey rocks agains the fertile abundance and bright colours in the foreground. It was this contrast that I wanted to capture in my painting.
“Summer in the Valley” was painted en plein air in the Inn valley, Tyrol, Austria on Fabriano rough, heavy weight (650gsm) 100% cotton-cut ,mould made watercolour paper using Windsor and Newton paints. It comes with a warm white mount to fit a standard frame size of 60cm x 80 cm and is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by the artist.