Single Yellow Sunflower 11×14 Original Oil Painting

This is an 11 X 14 inch oil painting of a lone sunflower against a bright blue sky.  I paint sunflowers…a lot.  It’s my obsession.  There are so many ways to paint them and so many styles.  Every one has their own.  I’m caught between wanting simple and lots of paint, but not too much paint.  I want a little detail but not too much and I want to paint with bright colors yet not too garish.  I want realistic enough, but not photographic.  I want dimension, but not like a computer game.  Wonder if I will get bored of them one day?  Nah. I love them.

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14 thoughts on “Single Yellow Sunflower 11×14 Original Oil Painting

  1. Absolutely that makes sense! I have noticed however that since I started painting, my perfectionist tendencies towards the home are much improved. I no longer vacuum everyday and my porcelain sink is pretty much always filled with brushes. I love bar keeps friend! I think that painting is teaching me that nothing is every perfect so quit striving for the impossible and that includes my home! My dining room is now a studio. Yikes! My kitchen…well, that is where the magic happens with paint, but cooking seems to have dwindled a little. Giggle.

    Patience is not one of my strong points and I’m not good at leaving and returning to something. I lose interest maybe?

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  2. I think it’s good to have a “favorite subject” for art. I’m still searching for mine, but it might turn out to be birds.

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    1. Oooooh birds are fun! That might be my second favorite general subject behind flowers. I love to paint their eyes! I love crows, ravens and peacocks….and roosters uh…well, I think birds are just beautiful.

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      1. I think birds are beautiful, too, and there’s such variety among them. I’m doing a colored pencil drawing of a snowy egret now…white feathers with a dark green background. Yes, I love drawing birds. I always thought I wanted to be a “floral” artist, but now that I’m actually learning to draw, I’m moving more toward birds. I love flowers, too, of course.

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        1. That sounds like it is going to be pretty with the colors you are describing. Maybe the commonality in all of this is just nature in general? Birds and animals and flowers…there is something so free and innocent about those subjects. I can be in a horrible mood, but get me painting nature and it just lifts away.

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        2. I think you’re on to something there! I occasionally see “cityscapes” I like — usually because of the colors — but overall I much prefer natural scenes. There’s so often a sense of serenity in them. Nature can’t be expressed in words. It has to be felt at a much deeper level and art allow us to do that.

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        3. I’m so glad to find your website and see your art. I’m self taught too. I hope in 5 years to see super duper progress in my work. I think you have a great baseline if the pictures I saw on your site are yours.

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        4. Yes, except for occasionally posting a “famous” work — today I have a post about Edgar Degas — everything is mine. Sometimes I see progress, sometimes I wonder if I’ll ever get better, but it’s an exciting journey to be on. When I began learning to draw last summer, I had no idea how much I would come to love it. Now, I can’t imagine not being involved with art.

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        5. I think you are well on your way. I feel that way all the time and I look at the amazing stuff that other people do and feel very overwhelmed. But everything takes practice. I know I am definitely getting faster. Stuff that used to take me 18 hours now takes 7 and my husband, he is so supportive and he tells me, look at that….dimension!!! That is new! I get so excited. Practice practice practice. I have to have faith that with every painting I will get better and better and I do see the progress from last year and that gives me hope. I started painting regularly in October 2015. I had maybe painted 10 or so paintings over 15 years before that…no progress cuz I didn’t do it enough.

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        6. It’s all about doing…if we don’t keep picking up our pencils and paintbrushes, we’re not going to get any better. We can read about art, we can watch tutorials, we can look at inspiring works…but we still have to DO it for ourselves if we want to make progress. The most important thing I’ve learned, I think, is that making mistakes is a good thing. The more mistakes I make, the more I’ll learn. That attitude has seen me through a lot of discouraging days.

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        7. Everything you said rings very true in my experience anyway. The day I learned that you can scrape off the oil paint was a major epiphany!!! Who knew! Yup…I have always learned from mistakes…slowly but surely.

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        8. I haven’t tried oil yet. I’m going to start painting with acrylics soon, and then I’ll give oil a try, too. It’s fun to look forward to the future…but oil has always seemed so scary! I tried it once as a teen…trying to do some weird abstract art piece since I didn’t know how to draw. What a mess. I hope to do better the next time I attempt oil.

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        9. I tried acrylics a few times but I always go back to oils. I like that acrylics dry fast and I like the idea of using water as a medium…other than that I’m all about the oils. When I first got my set of oils, I had no clue and there really wasn’t a lot of Internet, so there was a bottle of linseed oil and a bottle of turpentine in the set. I didn’t know what they were for so I didn’t use them. Lolololol. Oh goodness! Needless to say, my first tries were uh…impasto. So so difficult. But, when I figured out that linseed oil is awesome and learned how much to use…much smoother sailing. When I learned what an underpainting was…another epiphany! Slowly but surely. I like doing everything in one sitting and I like the colors to kinda blend so I do that alla prima stuff. Plus, the brush stroke texture you get with oils is so pretty. I still only use the solvent to clean my brushes. It drys out my hands and well, it is solvent.

          If I waited and painted on dry layers and didn’t like texture mixtures, I know I would be all about the acrylics because I’m not in to waiting for layers to dry before painting on them. My sister likes acrylics and a blow dryer.

          Don’t be scared!!! I don’t think oils are any harder than acrylics…just different.

          I am terrified of water colors. That seems impossible!

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        10. Thanks for the encouragement. I’m learning patience — another benefit from studying art, I’ve found — but sometimes it’s hard to wait. That’s one reason why I struggle with watercolors. I’ll have something looking good, and I have to do more. I just can’t wait. So I end up with a mess of muddy colors all over the page. I’m getting better. I can be very patient with drawings, colored pencils, pastels. I think my problem is that once I get my watercolor supplies out — I’m doing my painting in the kitchen and using my table — I don’t want to leave things all over. I want to finish up and put things away. My husband doesn’t care if my paints are out, but it makes me feel a bit scattered. Does that make any sense?

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