We've had some very unusually dreary weather here in Utah so my outdoor plein air painting days are "on hold" until the weather clears. I decided to bring some color into my life by painting a floral still life, and what better way to grab some color than with sunflowers. They are the best indicator of summer weather so I found some at my local grocery and set up this still life. I already feel better.
This is the third try for these sunflowers and I think I finally got a painting that I like. Even though the vase is dead smack in the middle, I think the composition works. The color yellow is a bear to work with because of its relatively light value. Getting those dark yellows to read dark took some trial and error. Also, not painting every petal was a challenge, since I tend to be detail oriented.