15" x 15" original acrylic on standard canvas
Getting a true representation of canvas paintings can be very tricky. It bothers me that the background in this picture looks washed out compared with the actual painting - but I don't have the time to try to get a better picture, and it is too large for my scanner, so this will have to do!
I was going to call this painting "Sunflower Blossom", but after a visit on my blog from Dean Grey, I have changed its name. Dean said he liked the "bed-head look" of this flower, and I liked that description so much I have changed the name of the painting! It is now "Bed-Head Blossom". Thanks, Dean! (If you haven't checked out Dean's work, he has 2 blogs... you really should visit him here and here.)
This is the second in a series of paintings of Sunflowers. You can see the first one here. I am going to do another 15" x 15" piece, and then a few in other sizes. By the time I finish with this series, I may have grown enough new sunflowers that I can get more reference photos and start all over again! (insert insane delusional laughter here)
I also picked up some other flowers recently that I will be painting soon - some in acrylic, some in oils.
For those of you who have asked - yes, I will be returning to painting in watercolors. I may do some smaller pieces over the next few weeks. Right now though, I am trying to get as many of these acrylics completed as I can before spring. I am also planning on a few oils, and then I will go back to my work on watercolor paintings which have a poured background. Baby Giraffe, African Beast and African Elephant all have that technique for their backgrounds, and I have several more planned. These will be larger watercolors, and will take quite a bit of time to complete.
In the meantime, I am hoping for more beautiful weather where I can get out and walk in relatively "warm" temperatures. I keep thinking that spring is not all that far away, calendar-wise. But I am not wishing my days away... each ordinary day is truly a gift, even if it is cold.