Sunflowers are such an essential part of Summer that they have long been a perennial favourite for artists. This does not make them any easier to paint however. As a plant they are not particularly delicate or subtle in any way. They are usually big, sometimes very big. Also bright and joyful, bringing a smile onto many a face. So this is how I tried to paint them, big and boldly, concentrating on the larger shapes, trying to keep things simple rather than becoming too bogged down with individual petals and so on. I also used more Prussiaan Blue in the greens than usual, which I think works quite well.

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