It was one of those perfect Sunday mornings. The sky was a beautiful shade of blue, and I was at the University of Minnesota’s Display and Trial garden.
I must admit that, given the idyllic setting, I had a hard time picking a spot to drop my gear as I circled the gardens this morning. One drawback of painting in a garden like this: it seems like everything is in bloom! A clump of flowers here, next a flowering bush, then a blooming tree…if you don’t choose carefully, it can be a bit overwhelming.
This morning I was drawn back to one of my favorite subjects, the sunflower.
Should I give in to the flowers all around me and paint a broad scene, just indicating the flowers as little daubs of bright, colorful paint?
Should I paint at a mid range, and show more of the total plant and its surroundings?
Should I just pack up my stuff and head over to Starbucks for an iced latte? Sunday mornings are best with a second cup of coffee…
I opted for a close-up view of just one sunflower. I positioned the sunflower on my square panel thinking about the abstract patter of leaves behind the blossom and the light coming from above. And of course, I included some of the perfect-blue Sunday morning sky.