I was sketching one morning as is my preferred routine. This poppy was drawn on the day Vanessa and Jamieson celebrated eight years together. I drew it with delight for its sunny appeal, knowing it would accompany their post of congratulations.

Completed, I saw it lacked the vibrancy I had sought and longed for. I tried again with watercolours on watercolour paper to contrast the sketchbook coloured pencil version. Perhaps inferior supplies was to blame.  However, the emotion had been used up in the first version and could not be replicated for the second regardless of supplies.

I gave up before finishing, having become bored. Impetus had dissolved. I posted nonetheless and some liked it. I line them up here, side by side, for my own observation.