Sunny Sunflowers

On my morning walk I was delighted to discover a lovely patch of sunflowers. Some were still in tight green buds.

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Others were beginning to unfurl their cheery yellow petals.

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Several were fully open and chatting with their neighbors.

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Some were choosing to spend some quiet time by themselves.

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I find that often what I see outside, begins to wander into my studio without my even noticing. Well not literally, but figuratively in the form of color, shapes and moods. Below is a close up of a jacket in which I’m auditioning a new button to jazz it up a little.

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Next, I noticed a pile of beads I’m also auditioning-these may become a necklace when I get the inspiration to make it.

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And then of course I thought how fun it would be to paint one of the sunny fellows from my walk.

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I used Daniel Smith’s watercolors: Indian Yellow, New Gamboge, Quinacridone Gold, Transparent Pyrrol Orange, Cobalt Teal Blue, Sap Green, Transparent Brown Oxide, and Sepia with a little charcoal pencil. This was done on Arches 140# hot press. One of many watercolor papers I like using. I had fun building this in layers of luscious watercolor, playing with the shapes I could make with my brushes, and adding the splashes and splatters to give it a sense of playful energy.

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Wishing you a day full of cheery flowers smiling and nodding!

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