WIP Poppy Fay Art

 I’m preparing to paint these two ladies, the Seelie and Unseelie fairies of Poppies for CAC' s Odd Fae project.  Moving slowly and carefully - my sprained drawing hand is better but not absolutely fabulous yet - I'll finalize the under-drawing on watercolor paper, check my colors and start painting.

 A detail of my single painting for two illustrated playing cards in Changeling's "Odd Fae" project.  Or as I call them, the Twins...

A detail of my single painting for two illustrated playing cards in Changeling's "Odd Fae" project.  Or as I call them, the Twins...

 Seelie and Unseelie fay are mirror images of each other.  The Seelie court Fay embodies positive aspects of poppies - lavish beauty, healing sleep, forgetfulness from woe, and an artistic association with art nouveau. The Unseelie court Fay reflects negative aspects, meaning a slow, wasting death.  

  Many cultures use of the poppy as an offering to the dead and a memorial to the fallen. Is it because of the beautiful blood red color? I suspect the symbolism is at its heart pharmasuitical. The poppy is a pretty flower which humanity has used to make opium since 3,400 BC. In ancient Sumer it was called Hul Gil, the “joy plant.” As a drug, the Poppy was a powerful tool for both medicinal and recreational uses.  And humanity has always been good at hurting itself with power tools...

  My goal is to make these girls a recognizable pair but also a study in contrast.  The same characteristic makes one a symbol of peace and healing, makes the other a harbinger of untimely death. They are both Poppy Fay.  It's complicated.