Tuesday, August 23, 2011


 As you can see I've finally finished the painting. I'm glad I perservered now... not only did I get lots of practice painting yellow petals which I needed I've also got the idea on paper as I had imagined it. They say the best things are worth waiting for. Hopefully this means this is a good one :) It was certainly an exercise in sheer determination as well as a learning curve in painting petals.

Just as the sunflower seems to relish the sunshine, most of us also enjoy being outside on a sunny day, it just seems to brighten up our spirits as we soak up its warmth. While many of us are content just to walk around or enjoy our garden in the sunshine, I was fascinated by others who seem to seek out and for hours bask in the sun's rays. It almost feels like they are sun worshipping just as the sunflower does, placing their bodies in its rays, following it's movements as the hours progress, and basking in its heat. This was the inspiration behind this painting.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Sun Worship ... no sneezes this time!

 Luckily painting the middle section of the sunflower went without mishap this time. There are a couple more petals left to do but the sunflower part at least in nearly complete.

After looking at some more sunflowers in the florists I decided to paint the variety with a lighter  middle section. To me the warmer yellows and orange/reds just seem to convey the warmth of the sun more than the variety with the darker middles. I might need to go a little darker in this section but I am going to wait to decide until I have completed all the petals.


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Sun Worship...take 2!

There was definitely a sense of Déjà vu as I was drawing this out for the second time. Painting the petals though was a lot easier the second time around... I decided to play on the theme of the light a lot more this time and really develop the feeling of strong sunshine with its corresponding shadows. I'm still struggling to get a decent colour balance in the photo. My, the camera does not like yellows!

As you can see I have also changed the composition a little. I realised as I was painting my attempt one that some of the sunbather would be in shadow so I have chosen a different position so that she is lying in the sunlightlight. Crossing fingers, toes and anything else I can think of now that I don't knock the water over again as I begin the middle section... no pollen this time... Its banned!!!  :)


Sunday, August 14, 2011

Warning... painting flowers can be dangerous to your health!

Today, while painting the middle of the flower  I tipped almost black water right over my beautiful sunny yellow painted sunflower petals. How, I hear you ask? Well, I was painting the dark middle of the sunflower, sneezed and knocked the dirty water over. I know my paintings are realistic but I think I might have taken it too far this time. I seem to have created the look and feel of the pollen so much so that it made me sneeze... Oh well, I guess I will have to paint those petals all over again on a fresh piece of paper.
I have had some productive parts of the day too. My two paintings 'Meh' and 'Identity' are now framed and ready to be shipped.  I've taken two quick photos of them in their frames this evening for you to see.

Identity is in a black metal frame. I don't usually like dark frames but for this one it just seemed to work.
and Meh is in a silver frame. I love the way Alex's eyes seem to follow you around the room as he stares at you. Its doesnt matter where you are... he is watching (grin)
I get to enjoy both on my wall for a week or so. 'Meh' needs to be shipped to California in a weeks time and 'Identity' to Pennsylvania early September.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Sunworship WIP 2... petal by petal

I thought it was about time I shared my progress with you. It's slow going at the moment but every petal done is one less still to do. You just cant put emotion in a petal like you can a person so it doesn't hold my interest as much. It's mostly just an exercise in handling the light and shadow on and through the petals.

It was a steep learning curve for me working out what colours to use at the underpinning stage and which colours need to be glazed on top to create the right effect but its good to step away from your comfort zone sometimes. As you can see I am now working along the back row of petals on the actual painting. I'm quite pleased with my progress so far. My reward for finishing the back row will be to paint my other sunworshipper.  I'm really looking forward to this part :) I've kept the background very plain but have used it to accentuate the feeling of light and to create the feel of a summers day.