Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Day 1 - Sunflower

Sunflower, Acrylic on Crescent Board, 20"x10", NFS

Day 1 of the 30 paintings in 30 Days Challenge!

I was going to start with that simplest of all forms, the apple. But when I got ready to paint I decided to go for a sunflower instead.  Since I have been playing hookey pretty much all summer, this painting is a little rough. I'm sure that as I get back into the habit of painting daily, my skills will return. Meanwhile, there are certainly a lot of elements in this painting that I like - particularly in the greens (leaf) and the stem area.

As part of this challenge (I have named my upcoming series "Getting to the Essence of a Thing"), I am posting the description I used to define the painting. Please see my previous post (Aug. 26) for a description of my theme for this Challenge.


There are many forms and colors of sunflowers, but to me a sunflower should be yellow – the color of the sun - (although I do have red ones and orange ones and bi-color ones in my garden, too) and it should have a big brown center.  It is tall and has great big, dusty green leaves. When I see those characteristics the first thing that comes to mind is sunflower.

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