I have been growing giant sunflowers – more than 2 metres tall. My plan was to paint sunflowers – a few seeds in the vegetable garden and no more vegetables but massive sunflowers.
Started painting sunflowers now – ‘rainbow sunflowers’ now in progress
I have begun this painting by using charcoal to sketch the little flowers I can see from the verandah – drawing in plein aire, so to speak. I don’t want this drawing to formulate the painting – even though I have sketched an idea, I want the oil paints to take over and dictate the composition. I think it is interesting to watch the progression of a painting, and sometimes it changes totally. The size of the canvas won’t change though – this one is 75cm by 90cm.
I have developed a new sense of interest in my garden flowers and vegetables. Most of the small flowers are in pots. I have always enjoyed cottage gardens and the rambling nature of them – I have tried to create that sense of randomness. I don’t know the names of all the flowers but love the pansies, geraniums, seaside daisies, succulents and the jade bush. I am using my garden in a new painting – to me the flowers give me pleasure and I want that feeling to be transported into my painting.
I have been planting vegetables and seedlings in the garden – there have been lots of pansies growing and I always love geraniums. It inspired me to paint my view of the garden from the verandah and the kitchen window. Pansies have such happy faces and I wanted the painting to be filled with joy.