Here’s the sketch and the painted version of my Provence Villa. It’s amazing how such a simple sketch is overflowing with warm memories of that wonderful day in Southern France with Jack and Pixie! You may click on this, or any of the other images to see them larger.

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Blocking in the Sunflowers

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the Leaves


The bright blossoms of the Poppies are blocked in with mixes of Cadmium Red Deep + Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Red Deep and Cadmium Red Light. Using the flat edge of the Bright (Square) Brush I carefully “Lay” the reds on top of the underlying greens of the leaves so I won’t dirty the flower color. If you’d like to know more about the brushes I use CLICK HERE.

The foliage of the Poppies is painted with combinations of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + White. Then MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin is used to make the dark centers in the flowers.

The long graceful stems of the Poppies are drawn with my fine liner brush.

The White Daisies are first blocked in with White + Dioxazine Purple, White + Ultramarine Blue and White + Pthalo Blue. Sunlight illuminates the flowers dancing above the leaves on the right side of the clump, the petals on those Daisies are highlighted with Pure White.

Some of the Reds, Oranges and Yellows leftover from the Poppies and Sunflowers are used for the centers of the Daisies.

In the depths of the Sunflower leaves, next to the Red Poppies, I’ve added a couple of Hearts as a surprise. These are for Waltraud and her husband, who is now in Heaven!

Sunflowers’ Song

AND we’re done! I’m ready to go sit on the balcony of the villa and listen to the soft melody of the “Sunflowers’ Song” as their cheery heads dance in the gentle sea breeze! I appreciate you following along; thank you for all of your kind and encouraging comments. With Colorful Smiles,

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3 Responses to “SUNFLOWERS’ SONG”

  1. Kathy Kincer Says:

    Beautiful!!! Love your talent

  2. MARI CARMEN Says:

    Eres maravillosa! Tanto como tus obras que son preciosas. Estoy deseando tener un poco de tiempo libre para disfrutar viendo como pintas. Un abrazo desde España

  3. Zsófi Says:

    It is beautiful! And your positive thoughts throughout the video enlightens my day. Thank you for sharing your painting with us!

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