atmospheric images are simplified and distilled to embody
an essential sense of place. They vary from being dreamy and
contemplative to dark and moody. Poppy works within that ancient
and broad tradition of looking at a landscape, drawing, making
colour notes and combines this with digital photography. The
image is then made later in her studio. Compositions which
have a strong abstract quality are chosen to for the possibility
of dividing the picture plane horizontally into unequal bands
of paint intersected by occasional verticals. Most compositions
involve water and are often executed on a coloured ground.
Poppy prepares her supports herself usually preferring the
irregular surface of muslin or some found and
quirky support to the perfect canvas.
She uses the traditional
media of oil, acrylic and particularly egg tempera. The purity
of egg tempera is attractive and the possibility of building
up layers quickly, as well as the fact that the paint can
be opaque or deliciously ephemeral. For the tempera she uses
traditional gesso panels but her work is unlike most tempera
painters because she exploits the flowing nature of this watery
medium. She is fascinated and excited by the support surface
which she finds almost as inspiring as the subject matter.
She is at her best experimenting with the possibilities of
traditional media and playing with paint on sometimes unusual
surfaces, in unusual ways and often with unusual results.
Cape Burnham - Egg Tempera