Sunday, January 16, 2011

Floral Painting of a Sunflower, Golden Petals, by Canadian Artist Kim Blair

It's another snowy, overcast day here in Edmonton... so I thought I would paint us all a little bit of sunshine!  Sunflowers that make me smile.  Whether I look at them in a book, growing in a garden, or displayed in a vase, I feel the corners of my mouth start to curl upwards with happy thoughts.

Van Gogh created numerous sunflower paintings when he moved to Arles, France.   The majority of these floral paintings were specifically created to decorate the guest bedroom where his friend, Paul Gauguin would stay while visiting with Van Gogh in the 'Yellow House' in Arles.  The special quality of light in the South of France intrigued Vincent,  and he wrote to his brother Theo that he loved the amazing brilliance of orange and yellow next to the blue of the sky.

Sunflowers are happy flowers...

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10x8 oil on canvas

5 comments:

Gwen Bell said...

You've really captured the feel of Van Gogh in this one. Great job!

Karen said...

Wow Kim! Our sunflowers are similar!! I painted mine a couple of months ago. I did several a day for a week. I love painting them. Yours is gorgeous!
Karen

Julie Hill said...

Kim....your sunflower here is awesome!

Ruth Andre said...

This is such a nice use of color and the sunflower is gorgeous.

Carol Schiff Studio said...

I always enjoy your flowers, and this is not exception. Very sunny!