On my morning walk I was delighted to discover a lovely patch of sunflowers. Some were still in tight green buds.
Others were beginning to unfurl their cheery yellow petals.
Several were fully open and chatting with their neighbors.
Some were choosing to spend some quiet time by themselves.
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.
Next, I noticed a pile of beads I’m also auditioning-these may become a necklace when I get the inspiration to make it.
And then of course I thought how fun it would be to paint one of the sunny fellows from my walk.
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.
Wishing you a day full of cheery flowers smiling and nodding!