PRIMA DONNA – from Sunflower Collection

I dream my painting and I paint my dreamI cannot pretend to be impartial about the colors. I rejoice well the
 brilliant ones, and am genuinely sorry for the poor browns.
(Winston Churchill)

I photographed this sunflower in a bouquet that my husband Carlo purchased
 at the local farmer’s market.  I drew it on 300# Arches watercolor paper
 with a pencil.  By using vibrant warm acrylic colors, starting with lemon-
yellow advancing thru cadmium  orange to vermillion red on the petals and 
emphasizing the base of petal with quick brush-stroke full of alizirin
 crimson.  The extreme center is set with aluminum foil
 painted over by manganese blue hue to accent the fox gloves  flowers in the
 upper portion of the painting. Bright hanza yellow emphasizes the presence of multiple
 seeds to reproduce this sunflower beauty.  A touch of rust and a ring of
very dark brown completes  a gorgeous sunflower center.  The stems  and
foliage please our eyes with luscious yellow green.
I chose this PRIMA Donna Sunflower painting to be the logo of my art.  It really 
exemplifies the beauty and  technique skills that I hopefully demonstrate.

PRIMA Donna Sunflower  8 x 10 Acrylic – NOT FOR SALE
Giglees  available.
Cards, $3.00/ea – (4) for $10.00
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2 Responses to PRIMA DONNA – from Sunflower Collection

  1. Annette park says:

    Shirley, I sent you a card nov 16th but it was returned today. I have your old address. Plz send me new one. Hope you are doing well. Have a happy thanksgiving. Love, Annette

  2. Thank you for the compliment you posted on my blog! Such a wonderful compliment from a wonderful artist is an inspiration to me! I love your style of painting and the bright colors you use in your art!

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