The sunflowers are drawn on my canvas and I’m ready to begin slapping paint. Along with the laptop to view reference material, I’ve printed out closeup photos of individual sunflowers to paint from.
I’m taking a little different approach on this piece. Instead of first working on the background I’ll begin with the foliage. The large sunflower leaves just cried out for my really BIG brush. As long as I use it sparingly it shouldn’t be too much strain on my arm. It is so fun to make the broad, juicy strokes using various mixtures of Ultramarine Blue + Hansa Lemon Yellow. I also throw in a few strokes of Pthalo Blue + White for variety.
On to the background using the same large brush to apply the color. I’m using several shades of purple which is the compliment to the yellow sunflowers. This piece seems to be painting itself, I’m just hanging on to the brush and letting the paint fly.
We’re ready to begin the sunny, yellow blossoms. Please feel free to come back tomorrow and watch them come alive. Hugs, Mikki Senkarik