Sunflower – Karen Winters Daily Painting

Solo Sunflower 8 x 10 oil on canvas board

When we were driving on a back road off Highway 1, not far from Paso Robles, we came across a row of sunflowers that had been planted along the roadside. These beauties were 7-8 feet tall and each one had a unique character and form. I must have spent 20 minutes there, shooting them from every angle. I selected this one for my first sunflower portrait – a memory of a bright sunny day with an amazing sky that really was that turquoise.

This one I painted in two sessions … one for the underpainting and a second go for some glazing and highlights. Probably the most challenging part was mixing the colors for the shadowed areas. There were so many colors bouncing around in there – reflected russets from the center of the flower, greens from the abundant leaves nearby, plus ochres and even violets – complements of the yellow.


  1. Robyn Smith
    August 10, 2007

    I saw this on Flickr and it made me feel happy.

  2. Diane
    August 12, 2007

    This is incredible. I hope this is in one of the shows . . .

  3. kat
    January 20, 2009

    thats beautiful

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