Orange and Purple Flowers 18 x 18 Inch Still Life

I have no idea what these flowers are.  I have them in planters outside.  The purple are some kind of salvia, but I am at a loss with the orange.  At any rate, I thought I would put them on canvas.

Sunflower Hiding Place 11 x 14 Inch Oil Painting

I really love this little sunflower painting.  It goes well with the “Sunflower Awe II” I completed a few days ago.  I like the simplicity in the colors.  The blues are cooler than what the picture shows.  The vibrancy depends on the light situation but I would describe the blues as more turquoise and aqua against golden yellows of the sunflowers and the olive tones in the stems. The picture below captures the true color of the flowers and stems.


The picture below is adjusted to show a more true color of blue.  Ignore the sunflowers.  Yikes!

Royal Compliments 18 x 18 Inch Yellow and Purple Sunflower Still Life

I am working with compliments.  My favorite part about that is that the color mixing from lower layers don’t add unwanted contamination.  For instance, yellow sunflowers on a blue background can result in green in the petals when painting in one sitting.  Yellow flowers on a purple background make a nice grey that looks more like another tone in the petal rather than contamination.  

Ranunculus in Vase 14 X 18 Inch Still Life Acrylic

I am infatuated with ranunculus right now. They come in so many different colors and I love their full sets of petals.  They remind me of a cross between a poppy and a rose.  Anyway, I seem to be stuck painting them for at least a little while.  Here is one attempt of red ranunculus living in a blue vase on a green table against a yellow background.