Dreams of Sunflowers

Don’t you just love Sunflowers? I certainly do. Come travel with me to Provence to paint a field of these cheerful flowers. I’ve sketched up the initial drawing on the left above. On the right paint application begins with the sky. I’ve decided to make a clear blue cloudless sky, so typical of a summer day in the south of France. Moving forward the hills are painted. The most distant one is bluer so it will fall back. Purple and yellow are complimentary colors, across from one another on the color wheel. Placing a field of purple Lavender behind the yellow Sunflowers will make them appear more intense. You may click on any of the images to view them larger.

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Lovely old stone villas dot the Provence landscape. Bracing against the mahl stick to steady my hand the details of the ancient building are delineated. Wouldn’t you just love to live here surrounded by colorful fields of flowers?

The Sunflowers at the back of the field are blocked in with a cooler shade of Cadmium Yellow + Alizarin Crimson + Ultramarine Blue + White. Moving forward Cadmium Yellow + Cadmium Orange and Cadmium Yellow + Hansa Lemon Yellow are used. This gives a variation of color across the area, cooler in the back and warmer in the front. After the rock wall in the lower left corner is painted I begin to work the broad leaves of the Sunflower foliage around the yellow, shaping the happy blossoms.

Centers are added, larger in the front of the field and then becoming increasingly smaller as they recede. This helps to give the illusion of depth. The finishing touch is to add the highlights on the petals using the corner of a #10 Bright Brush.

Dreams of Sunflowers    16″ x 19″    Original Oil Painting

Have you ever flipped through a magazine only to be stopped by a panorama of a field of sunflowers? Has your heart been captured by the golden heads lazily following the sun across the sky? Envision yourself standing here in the warm sunlight, drinking in the view as the gentle breeze brushes against your face. Bring a touch of the sunshine, along with some fragrant Lavender and a cascade of Red Poppies, into your home with Dreams of Sunflowers.

Framed in our Senkarik White Signature Frame the outer dimension of Dreams of Sunflowers is 16 inches tall and 19 inches wide. The size of the painted image is 11 1/2 inches tall by 14 1/2 inches wide. Dreams of Sunflowers is ready to put up on your wall, we even provide the hanger and nail. A Senkarik original oil painting this size sells in our galleries for $890. The auction bidding starts at 1 cent. That’s right, one penny. To say Thank You we are giving FREE SHIPPING, anywhere in the continental United States, to the winner.

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The auction ends Sunday, April 22 at 8 PM in Texas. That’s Central Daylight Savings Time.  So have some fun and visit my auction on eBay. HAPPY BIDDING. Hugs, Mikki Senkarik

One Response to “Dreams of Sunflowers”

  1. Sally Lodwick Says:


    Can I get a Limited Original giclee of “Dreams of Sunflowers”? I just love it.
    Thank you,
    Sally Lodwick

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