Tall Poppy

“Tall Poppy”
a drawing from the Jardin des Plantes de Paris.
22 x 21 cm. December 2017

It isn’t always a bad thing to be a tall poppy, especially when you are festooned in red-pink petals and surrounded by a population of green shrubs.  Who would dare accuse you of rising beyond your station?   You smile and wave in the breeze – oblivious to all.

When I visited the Jardin des Plantes de Paris in October 2016 the summer festival of flowers was over.  A few late bloomers stood in defiance – soon to be hacked away by gardeners clearing the beds for winter hibernation.  Such is the lot of a tall poppy;  destined to be cut down.  C’est la vie.





9 thoughts on “Tall Poppy

  1. anna warren portfolio

    So delicate, floating off from the distant parkland. Brave and alone, flying a flag for freedom and independence. (And to reply to your question above, the answer is yes! Did you see the installation in the Tower of London to mark 100 years since the beginning of theFirst World War? It was ceramic poppies, thousands of them, pouring from every window into the moat. One of the most stunning things I have ever seen.)

    1. juliepodstolski Post author

      I had never heard of the poppies at Tower of London, however I just googled images. My goodness – incredible! I’ve just emailed one of the images to Robyn suggesting to her a clay poppy for our next exhibition – to accompany this drawing. Thanks, Anna, for alerting me to such an incredible piece of art.

  2. occasionalartist

    Stunning image Julie, it does seem to flutter, you have caught the translucency and delicacy of the poppy. The composition showing it alone against the background gives the story of the lone survivor. The Tower of London installation was amazing, wish I had seen it in person. Karen

    1. juliepodstolski Post author

      Oh – wouldn’t I have loved to have seen that installation too. I must have had my head buried in the sand as I was totally unaware of it until Anna told me just now. My fellow-exhibitor, Robyn Varpins, who works in clay, is going to have a go at clay poppies.


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