I remember how much I loved sunflowers when I was a kid. We had a patch of them growing alongside the house, next to the kitchen window. As I recall, the height of those sunflowers was pretty incredible especially to a kid of 7 or 8 year.
These sunflowers were painted from life right in my own backyard. Painting a still life outside presents its own set of challenges. The biggest of them, is the ever changing light. I tried to counter act that by painting these sunflowers at mid-day. Around noon, the sunlight doesn’t change nearly as quickly as it does early in the morning, or late in the afternoon. It gave me a good 2 hours of working time before I stood back, looked at my set-up and concluded that the light has shifted so much. It no longer looks at all like my painting.
When it came to arranging these sunflowers, I had to cut off about 12 to 18 inches of the stems. And of course I’d love to say that I grew these sunflowers in my backyard. Planting seeds and watering as I had done when I was a kid, but I have to admit I bought this fabulous bunch at Whole Foods.