I love painting poppies, but no matter what the subject here’s a trick for designing a good composition: once your background is ready,
try “auditioning” cut outs of colored paper to decide the shapes, values and colors that will be best to paint. Take a photo of the placement.
Remove the paper pieces and proceed to paint your subject.
At the very end of my paintings I often use this technique to make final, small but try important, decisions like
where a bright, saturated color needs to be, where my darkest darks belong or maybe where a few distant birds will fly. Enjoy!