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Sunday, July 31, 2005

Sunflowers


DH brings flowers home from the grocery store every weekend. This weekend he got a bunch of sunflowers, which I dumped into a blue pottery vase. I feel very VanGogh this afternoon ... Posted by Picasa

11 comments:

annie said...

They look so lovely!

Tom C said...

I got here from Laurel-lines and am glad I did . Excellent work - the flowers are strong and vibrant. I shall revisit!

Cin said...

I agree, beautiful colors, and so will join tom c, and echo "strong and vibrant".

evy said...

Great painting! It is very vibrant and expressive. Just wonderful. You did a really good job on the vase too. By the way, what kind of paper did you use? Did you use watercolor? I can't seem to get very vibrant color result from my watercolor.

Cheers.

Linda said...

Thanks for the comments. I'll admit to doing the happy dance every time I look at the vase on this one. (big goofy grins!!!) I think I had a major breakthrough in my understanding of watercolor, not just color theory, but the use of transparent vs opaque, lifting vs staining, granulating vs non-granulating. It will come and go, I'm sure!

Evy - I use a canson watercolor sketchbook, which has a low to middle range quality of paper when compared to heavy single sheets, but is the best watercolor sketchbook I've found. I glazed most of the layers, which I think does make the colors a bit more vibrant, until the very end, when I really went wet-in-wet. I didn't use any black, grey, or "earth" type pigments (except for a touch of burnt sienna in the center of the sunflowers, which I regretted the minute I did it) which makes the colors much clearer, I think.

Again, thanks to you all!

Julie said...

These are awesome! I love the blue vase and the sunflowers together. Perfect. In about 2 weeks I am planning to attend an all day painting workshop where we will be painting Sunflowers in the the fields. I am very excited about this opportunity.

Laura said...

Linda! This is so fabulous! It is fun to compare our two sunflowers-in-blue vase sketches---could they BE more different? I agree, your blue vase is VERY well done---with this and the peach, I can tell you are really mastering the medium. I know what you mean about the earth colors---I banished them from my palette this year and have only just recently brought them back on a very limited basis. Anyway, this is gorgeous--- I've come back to look at it several times!

Kathleen Marie said...

The colors are vibrant and bold--very nice artwork!

pedalpower said...

Beautiful!

Terri said...

Wow Linda, these are stunning! Blue and yellow are a gorgeous combination at the best of times, but you've really made these something special. I love what you did with the vase. I think even Vincent would be impressed. :o)

Teri C said...

Linda, these are absolutely gorgeous!! You have made my favorite flowers just awesome! Thanks for sharing them, and the type of paper you used.

All your paintings are beautiful as well.