Since moving back to town, every now and then I have been substituting in a Monday morning Bridge group. It is such a nice way to start the week. It is only one table. Toby and Carol have been bridge friends for over 30 years (OUCH!) and I have known Frances all of my life. It is at Frances’ home each Monday.
Frances has a wonderful art collection in her large living area where the bridge table is always set up. She has one painting that I just love. I would just look and look at it. It is a triptych of sunflowers. Well, I came home one day and in my journal started drawing. I didn’t do a triptych and it really doesn’t look like the paintings, but it does make me happy when I walk into the dining room at my house.
So, I started it last summer and finished it before my first art crawl. It didn’t sell (sad day), but then, I decided to enter it in the Mooresville Artist Guild Show last September. I was absolutely thrilled to have won Honorable Mention in the Watercolor Division.
I thought I would show you the steps that I took to paint the sunflowers. I wish I had a picture of the triptych at Frances’ home—but the important thing is seeing the finished product.
This is the drawing that I did in my journal. Since this, I have discovered that I need to pretty much draw out each painting like this before I start. I do not like to start something and then just keep adding until it is finished.
I started this on Arches 140 lb. cold press paper.
This is just some practice for the background. I even save all of this in the finished picture file. I save all of my practice drawings, my practice color swatches and any photos or pictures that I have assembled to help me paint.
And, the finished picture.
So, I would love to hear some comments.
Have a great day!