Sun Totems, 18x24 on gallery profile canvas
'Sun Totems' is from a reference photo that I used once previously last fall, and wanted to paint these sunflowers even larger this time. Rather than a square format, I chose a rectangle/landscape, and utilizing my 'artistic license' I changed a few things as I went along. The two photos below shows the small colored sketch that I used for this painting, plus how I drew in the sunflowers using a red/orange toned paint. As I painted, I left bits of the red/orange paint showing here and there for interest, creating a unifying effect, and the rich yellow petals are built up with thick impasto passages of buttery oil paint. These sunflowers are painted life size sun totems, harbingers of autumn...
There is a bit of a glare on the upper right hand side of the main photo (sometimes fresh oil paintings are difficult to photograph).
If you would like to see this painting while it is drying in my studio, just give me a call and we can arrange a time.
work in progress, (on my new easel for larger works)