Sunday, January 24, 2010

Sunflowers

We are sweltering here at the moment and Dana Marie's sunflower post seemed so appropriate for our climate.

But, she lives in the USA where, I believe, it is rather COLD!  Maybe the sunflowers were a promise of things to come?

Anyway, I finished them on time for a change and got them up and posted.  All the time whilst painting them, I thought of that marvellous Sunflower/Pug lady, Nancy Medina whose favourite flower is the sunflower and who also loves dogs (especially Pugs).  Her sunflowers are a must-see if you haven't already.


37 comments:

Carol Schiff Studio said...

This is wonderful, Liz. The bright yellows and oranges against the greens and browns just sing! It would be nice to look at while drinking coffee in the morning.
Well done.

Dean H. said...

You are right, Liz...it is cold here.
But those warm colors of yellow and orange warm my spirits! Great painting!

Claire Beadon Carnell said...

What a joy to behold! The day is so gloomy here, and when I opened your post with these beautiful sunflowers, it was like getting a glimpse of the sun itself! Wonderful work, Liz.

AutumnLeaves said...

Liz, I so love the way you've laid these sunflowers in - a looking at the tops only of those so amazing long stalks! I love the orange and muted greens, so suggestive of a getting on towards dusk look at these beautiful flowers. What a beautiful piece!! (And thank YOU for visiting me. I love that!)

Marie Theron said...

Hi Liz, I remember when the sunflower was the nr 1 "image" in the US together with cows. We took photos at craft stalls around Boston and everything was covered in sunflowers.(pity the images were not digital!) Your painting is lovely and a nice size too! It will look lovely in a frame. Remember to give me the dates of your West Coast visit. You can make a coffee stop here!

Charlene Brown said...

What a glorious warm painting -- more appropriate for your part of the world right now, but we're the ones who really need it! I love your selection from the reference photo. It's an excellent composition, beautifully done.

Michelle said...

Gorgeous sunflowers, Liz! There so bright and happy...would put anyone in a good mood.

Avocaken said...

Hi LIz - I really like your composition and execution painting the sunflowers. I'll bet that seeing the actual painting would warm my studio without having to use the electric heater! Happy happy painting.

Ken B.

Carol said...

Lovely painting Liz. Warm and sunny. Sunflowers are actually very difficult to paint - bet you didn't know that!

Manon Doyle said...

Your flowers are beautiful Liz!! The colors make me long for summer!!
I love Nancy's work..... she is a very gifted artist!!

Saundra Lane Galloway said...

These are beautiful Liz! You ain't too shabby with them either...but I agree with you about Nancy! I know it is HOT where you are, but I'm shivering cold here, so that sounds GOOD to me!! Guess the grass truly always is GREENER on the other side!!

Rhonda Hartis Smith said...

Beautiful sunflowers, they always remind me of Summer and you're right, it is cold here.

Art with Liz said...

Thank you so much Carol, what a lovely comment!


Hi Dean, thank you and I'm sure you'll all be warm in another couple of months! Sunflowers are blooming all over the place here - definitely summer flowers.

Art with Liz said...

Gosh Claire, thank you and I'm glad they brought a bit of warmth into your morning.


Hi there Sherry - thank you and I would encourage everyone to visit you. You have a wonderful way with words and are just so darned Nice with it!

Art with Liz said...

It seems sunflowers are coming back into fashion Marie! Along with cows! Thank you for your lovely comment and I will definitely be contacting you when we get up there.


No no Charlene, you can't have too much sunshine now - not with the Olympics starting soon! Will be watching it on tv here (we have wonderful coverage of sporting events). Thank you for the kind words.

Art with Liz said...

Thank you Michelle for your lovely comment.


Ah Ken, you always make me laugh! Haven't seen any of your work lately??

Art with Liz said...

Now you tell me Carol! Ignorance is truly bliss sometimes!


Thank you so much for the visit and the comment Manon and yes, Nancy is an incredible artist.

Art with Liz said...

Hello dear Saundra and thank you. No the grass is not greener, it's a fighting battle trying to keep it green at the moment. All dried out and brown! But the flowers are lovely! Keep warm my friend.


Hi there Rhonda, thank you and you WILL be warm soon!

Sharon Wright said...

Yep, COLD, I only get sweltering having to keep chopping wood to keep the fire going!
Slendid, happy sunflowers, love it, especially those greens in contrast.

Veda Murthy said...

ur works r brilliant! i recently finished one canvas with sun flowers. I will soon post the pic!

Regards,
Veda

Arti said...

very warm and lovely!

Marian Fortunati said...

Well done, Liz... Somehow sunflowers are a favorite with everybody, everywhere, all of the time!!

Ramesh Jhawar said...

Wow Liz! This one is so nice! Love the colors!

Sheila said...

Just what I needed for a dark, rainy and depressing day here in "sunny" California. Thank you for brightening up my day Liz!

Nancy Medina said...

These are lovely Liz. I love the dusky feel to these and how you can almost step into the garden and walk among them! Beautiful work! YOu are so kind to mention my sunflowers, I sure hope my seeds bloom better next summer than they did last year! Need those live models to work from! : )

Art with Liz said...

Hi Sharon, thank you and that is a heavy duty way to keep warm!


Hello Veda and thank you for the lovely comment and the visit. Your work is lovely - very different and unusual which is always a pleasure to see.

Art with Liz said...

Thank you Arti!


Hi Marian and thank you. I have been plein airing lately and always think of you and Rob Ijbema as two of the plein airheads i admire most.

Art with Liz said...

Thank you Ramesh!

Glad I brightened your day Sheila! Anytime I can do you a favour, I will!

Art with Liz said...

Aaah Nancy. Thank you for such a kind comment, but I do think that you have a magic paintbrush when it comes to sunflowers!

kathleen.artkat.hebert said...

These colors warm my cold, New England heart! Lovely!

RUPESH PATIL said...

lovely painting!

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Gwen Bell said...

Gorgeous bright yellows! Really like the way the flowers at the top pull the eye up and across. Very nice!

Watercolorist said...

I've attempted so many times to paint sunflowers and each time have torn up my attempts. Your painting is nice and lively and I like the composition.
Jean

Gary Keimig said...

you did a real nice job on this Liz. It realy pops

Judybec said...

beautiful!

paintnpencil said...

What a beautiful sunflower painting, I love it.