Sunflower Garden – Descanso Gardens Landscape Oil Painting
Descanso Gardens Sunflower Garden
9 x 12 oil painting on linen
Plein air painting
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Last autumn, when the flowers were completing their blooming season at Descanso Gardens, I painted this stand of Mammoth Sunflowers, caught in the afternoon sunlight. By the way the heads were bowing, I knew they wouldn’t last too much longer. The camellias are in bloom now, and I am looking forward to the tulip show at Descanso, if they have planted them this year.
Painting note: although the underpainting was done with thin transparent darks, the opaque paint on top was painted with a very limited palette of red, yellow, blue, white and gray. Amazing how many colors you can get from those few primaries.
January 26, 2011
Love how those trees recede into the atmosphere.