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Sunflowers in France – to sketch and paint

I’m not making the same mistake as with the poppies. The sunflowers are out and I’m ALL over them with eyes brushes and lenses!

I’m posting one or two photo’s here and you can see all the rest of the sunflowers here.

For those who don’t have access to sunflower fields or who are stuck in cities or those who want to work in their atelier, I invite you to download any of these photos and PAINT it, or SKETCH it, or DRAW it. If you want a photo bigger than 500 x 333(what they are posted in here), drop me a note and I can send it to you in bigger format.  BUT PLEASE! these photos are only for those who want to draw or paint it! For any other purposes, feel free to ASK me…I can be a very nice person!

I am off to the sunflower fields myself tomorrow with my easel and paint and will hopefully turn up with something worthy of the sunflower’s exuberance!


…sunflowers to paint and sketch…

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26 responses

  1. annie

    What color, Ronell. Thank you for your generosity–a delight to paint.


    July 8, 2009 at 3:58 pm

  2. Wonderful photos, Ronell! Wow!!

    July 8, 2009 at 4:17 pm

  3. How glorious – I’ve seen fields like this driving through the Free State for years, always wished we could stop and record them. Thanks for sharing!

    July 8, 2009 at 4:56 pm

  4. Oh!! These are magnificent flowers, Ronell and your photos are stunning! Such interesting perspectives and close-ups.

    Thank you for sharing such sunny photos. Very much appreciated as I’m listening to the rain drumming down on our sky light.

    July 8, 2009 at 5:21 pm

  5. hfm

    I can see the French fiels full of them. I think I’ll try them as models.

    July 8, 2009 at 7:01 pm

  6. beautiful – really good photos

    July 8, 2009 at 8:12 pm

  7. Ronell, I have been meaning to comment on several of your recent postings. I loved the plein aire work you posted from your time at your new house. All of the paintings were so beautiful. I dream of some day making the time and committment to go out in nature and paint. If my results end up half as good as yours I will be thrilled.

    I also enjoyed reading your new blog. You are an adventurous couple and I look forward to reading about the progress you make at your new property.

    Now you have posted these lovely, fabulous sunflower photos and invited us to share! I have never seen a field of sunflowers (or poppys for that matter) but now it will go on my “Things I Really Want to See/Do During My Life” list. I had better live a very long time because that list gets longer every day. 😀

    Thanks for sharing your art and life with us here Ronell. I always look forward to your posts.

    July 8, 2009 at 9:39 pm

  8. dinahmow

    What a super offer, Ronell! Thankyou, from a sunflower-starved southern winter…I was playing around with one of my miserable sketches the other day. These have just the exuberance I need to kick my tail into gear.

    July 8, 2009 at 10:03 pm

  9. Oh, wow, Ronell, how beautiful!!! I can almost feel the sun, as I sit here watching the rain on a cold, gray, summer day in Maine.
    I enjoyed your sketches and thoughts about doing something, or anything and everything all at the same time! Right now, I am off to do something and nothing, I think…


    July 8, 2009 at 10:36 pm

  10. Oh my goodness…your talents never cease to amaze me! This photos are absolutely incredible!!!!!!!!

    July 8, 2009 at 10:57 pm

  11. Oh, these are so beautiful! I love the way you’ve caught one of the bee flying towards a flower. And those wonderful blue/yellow contrasts! They make me very happy just looking at them. Have fun painting!

    July 9, 2009 at 7:21 pm

  12. What lovely photos! I can’t believe that they are already blooming where you are!

    July 9, 2009 at 8:02 pm

  13. Oh my friend, trés joli! I planted a few seeds and now have a few growing in my graden. They are lovely!!! I better get out there with eyes and lenses soon! Oh, yes, of course, a paintbrush also!

    I am happy to see you are enjoying your summer. I have been traveling but am now happy to be home again. Time to get busy and begin a new art project i think!

    bisous, marta

    July 10, 2009 at 5:37 am

  14. My, my you have been very productive in your mountain retreat! These fresh sketches and BEAUTIFUL flowers cheer me no end. A really lovely, soulful visit. Happy painting.

    July 10, 2009 at 7:29 am

  15. Carol C

    Thank you for posting these beautiful pictures! I’ve downloaded them for painting purposes…..what a wonderful reference collection!–Carol C.

    July 12, 2009 at 5:54 pm

  16. lin


    July 13, 2009 at 1:01 am

  17. These are georgous Ronell!! and thank you so much. I will drop you a note when my sketch is complete.

    July 13, 2009 at 6:55 pm

  18. Happy painting! These are gorgeous.

    July 16, 2009 at 12:21 am

  19. WOW! THanks Ronell. What a beautiful set of sunflower photos! can’t wait to see your paintings… I may try a few myself! I love the ones with the bugs!

    July 21, 2009 at 4:02 am

  20. Hi Ronelle, as I was awarded the Kreativ Blogger Award by Crista from Nature As Is (http://nature-as-is.blogspot.com) I, in turn, have to state 7 things about myself and nominate 7 blogs of my choice, I have chosen to nominate you as one of my inspirational fellow-bloggers. Go to
    http://artandcreativity-maree.blogspot.com/2009/07/blogger-award.html view the post.


    July 29, 2009 at 6:21 pm

  21. the one an only time i passed by such fields we whizzed by so fast that all my camera caught was just a blur! these are absolutely wonderful! thank you for sharing. i intend to take you up on your offer and have downloaded a couple. thanks again.

    July 30, 2009 at 2:24 pm

  22. Oh wow, beautiful!!!!!!!!! Thanks for sharing these beauties!

    August 2, 2009 at 7:38 am

  23. What a beautiful and colorful life you lead! Thanks for the wonderful photos!

    August 7, 2009 at 3:49 am

  24. Hi Ronell – I see that you’ve been very busy with your various blogs and painting/cooking/remodeling! I took a look at all of your sites and they are all wonderful. I like your food blog and your mountain cabin looks great. I hope you’re having a wonderful summer. Thanks for posting these pics of sunflowers.

    August 7, 2009 at 7:20 pm

  25. Stunning photos, such wonderful colours and details!

    August 25, 2009 at 10:12 pm

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