Painting from the Garden

Gardens are a source of inspiration for my art.

This morning, I cut the remaining Van Gogh sunflowers and brought them to my studio for a photo session.

In case you missed the blog where I wrote about them, I planted these flowers because they are reminiscent of the sunflowers painted by Van Gogh, who once wrote in a letter “As you know, peonies are Jeannin’s, hollyhocks are Quost’s, and sunflowers, well, sunflowers are mine.” That’s true even more than a century after his death.

It’s my goal to chronicle my oil painting of sunflowers here.

Before I begin to paint I take photos of the painting subject. This time I took close to a hundred images of the sunflowers in various vases and pots.

By the way – Thank you to my girl friends for loaning me large vases. And for those who might be curious, I purchased the sunflower seed from Renee’s Garden seeds.

Day One – Starting with the background and determining the composition.  In this photo, the canvas is tilted on an easel making the table the flowers are sitting on look angled. It is not. 

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