Tuesday, July 28, 2009

sunflower - up close and personal

"up close and personal"
5" x 7" watercolor on Fabriano hot press paper

I learned a lot painting this picture. It's a photo I took last summer. I plan on painting this one over again- as now that I've painted it, I want to try things differently to see how the effect will be. I want to try a different approach to the very white parts of the leaves and stem.

I have really been enjoying using hot press paper. I bought a large full sheet of it and have made a painting journal out of it. I cut it up and made a simple binding with waxed linen thread. I painted the cover a wild pink color using acrylics. It has become my "summer of '09 painting journal". Each page is 5" x 7". All of the paintings I have been posting since the poppies on this latest run are all from this journal. This painting is page 11 of 16 pages.

4 comments:

Kelly said...

Wait a second, you painted the cover??? I thought it was paper!!! Damn woman you are so freaking talented. I saw this before it was done and thought it was going to be amazing, seeing the finished version here I can see it came out great! Can I commission one to add to my daisy? Maybe I can do four flowers in a grid for my lovely green wall??? What do you think?

Elizabeth Parsons said...

I love that idea Kelly! Yes, I can do that!

Kathy said...

Your painting is just fabulous...I just adore it. I'd love to see more of your summer paintings.

NANCY LEFKO said...

gorgeous sunflower !!!