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Oil painting- sunflowers.

Sunflowers look so easy to paint, but it is everything but easy! One can either paint it too stiff and controlled, depleting it of all character, or it can be painted sloppy, in which case it looks as if you didn’t know what you were doing. I think I fall in the second category. But it sure is fun to paint! Robyn made the remark that sunflowers remind her of happy people. While  painting these, even when scraping off and starting over, even when throwing sunflowers 2 out the barn door and picked it up afterwards and finally completed it… I was happy. The colours, the shapes, the smell of the oils, the touch of the sunflowers, the buzzing bee around the paints and flowers, the leaves wilting and drying and taking on shapes of their own….I was happy. Still am.

…sunflowers 2…

oil on canvas, 41x33cm (16,1″x12,9″)

I did struggle a bit with sunflowers 1…he composition gave me trouble and I overworked it completely. It actually had a stage where it was perfect…sort of undone, half finished, a slight background with an attractive unfinished look. And I just had to add a touch here and there, which eventually turned into a completely different painting and I lost that “unfinished” stage forever. Fortunately , there is always the next one.

…sunflowers 1

oil on cotton, 38x46cm (14,9″x18,1″)

14 responses

  1. Yours are quivering with life and happiness, Ronell. Beautiful, and the subject so suits your adventurous brush. I’m way too timid for sunflowers.

    August 15, 2010 at 2:05 pm

  2. Ronelle, I couldn’t wait to see these paintings and I am pleasantly surprised….it is beautiful!!! Yes, sunflowers are indeed happy, warm flowers and I agree with Robyn that sunflowers remind me of happy people…..
    Keep up the good work even if the paintings sometimes end up outside the barn door….

    August 15, 2010 at 4:23 pm

  3. Carol C.

    These are beautiful!! They look just right!!!

    August 15, 2010 at 5:31 pm

  4. Pam

    I think Robyn’s comment ‘quivering with life and happiness’ hit these right on the dot!

    August 15, 2010 at 6:25 pm

  5. Sunflowers are gorgeous and those are marvellous. Good work!

    August 15, 2010 at 6:48 pm

  6. judybecklobos

    Your beautiful dancing sunflower paintings made my day Ronell!!! Have a great week — and birthday!!! : ))

    August 15, 2010 at 8:53 pm

  7. Jo

    I like the first one, the one with 3 flowers, a lot. Sometimes overworking leads to wonderful things, like this! They’re sort of Van Gogh-ish with the swirling sky and bright colors. Yummy!

    August 15, 2010 at 9:33 pm

  8. Ronelle–I love sunflowers–there is nothing like the brightness and cheeriness of sunflowers to awake the senses. Your art-drawings-photos and blog are beautiful. You are a very talented person and I admire your work. I too see a Van Gogh type image in the above painting as well. I love his work too.

    August 15, 2010 at 10:40 pm

  9. We’re all in love with sunflowers, it seems.:-)

    August 16, 2010 at 1:29 am

  10. I really like no 2 Ronell. I know that feeling of painting again, the smells, etc. Then you wonder why did you wait so long to start mixing paints and be creative. Cecily

    August 16, 2010 at 5:08 pm

  11. Your oil paintings are always stupendous, Ronell. I really love the freedom and freshness of your brush strokes. And sunflowers are such a joyful subject!

    August 16, 2010 at 9:18 pm

  12. Fabulous happy sunflowers Ronell, they do look like they’re vibrating with life and energy.

    August 17, 2010 at 8:32 am

  13. jessie

    fabulous !! you can see more paintings in this web http://www.sungmao.com

    August 18, 2010 at 8:19 am

  14. I love the texture in these works, that is what I “try” to do.

    September 5, 2010 at 4:13 pm

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