Our Poppy was the first native flower piece I created 7x’s natural size. After creating pieces for years about the urgency of our environmental crisis I wanted to focus on the native beauty in our world, reasons we’re compelled to defend it. I picked a California native poppy from my garden. I discovered Quail like Poppy seeds too and painted one on the back of a petal.
I measured its petals and discovered that the two bottom petals are actually slightly larger than the two top petals and act as supports. Sitting in the garden the bees made me realize the obvious natural finish for the flower…beeswax! Clay bumblebee beads & hanging wire support this piece for wall hanging. The center pistil twists into a DNA helix.