I’ve been in a sunflower state of mind lately. Maybe it began when my husband and I saw a few sunflowers and talked about growing some in our garden — such as it is — next year.
Sunflowers are fun, filled with golden yellow color, and always swaying in some breeze, dancing in the wind, and inviting good feelings. Or maybe not. Maybe it’s just my imagination, but I always see sunflowers as bright, cheerful friends.
Is it any wonder that so many artists have painted sunflowers?
Van Gogh painted sunflowers — twelve canvases, in fact — as so did Monet. Paul Gaugin, Gustav Klimt, and Diego Rivera painted them, too. Many different artists have created paintings of these glorious, sunny flowers, including fellow art-blogger, Dawn Lomako. Check out her gorgeous sunflower paintings at her website: Brush of Dawn.
You might also enjoy this link: Sunflowers — Other Artists
Yesterday while out shopping with my sister in St. Joseph, I espied a beautiful bouquet of sunflowers. They’re not real, but they’re still lovely. I couldn’t wait to buy them, get them home, put them in a vase, and use them as part of my summer-turning-to-autumn décor.
And then when I browsed through my new book on gourd crafts — it arrived yesterday — I came across this fun little garden sunflower project:
I think it will be a fun project, and, hopefully, not too difficult for a first time gourd crafter.
Another thing I’d like to do is use my new bouquet of sunflowers as part of a still life. And, there’s also a sunflower farm within driving distance. I’d love to visit!
Yes, I love sunflowers, and I’m definitely in a sunflower state of mind!