10" X 10" collage and acrylic on canvas
We returned last week from five weeks of travels that included a Bike and Barge trip from Brugge, Belgium, to Amsterdam. We rode while the barge moved to our next overnight location. This was a fascinating way to see these Lowland Countries with dikes, canals, waterways, and a good deal of land below sea level.
"Flanders Fields" is a tribute to WWI veterans, inspired by our visit to the museum in Ypres, Belgium, that tells of the stories of displaced local population and the horrors of trench warfare. Their symbol is the red Poppy which was growing prolifically in the fields we traversed on our bicycles. I collaged the grey green bands for texture and applied paint over the collage. The poppies are done simply with acrylic paint on canvas. The grey green represents the fog, water, and green fields, and the Poppies honor those lost in the war.
Here is a photo of our barge loaded with bicycles pulling into the town of Kortrijk.