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Feeling the Sun

Medium: Oil on Board
Size: 20cm x 20cm (6″ x 8″)


About the Artwork

This oil painting started as a demonstration for my students at Waimea College. I painted from a sunflower and did the underpainting very fast without giving it too much thought, since the demonstration was more about how to use oil paints, brushes, medium, etc. I didn’t even intend to go any further with it. But later, when I looked at it in my studio I really liked the simplicity in the composition. Also, I liked how I hadn’t painted every flower petal accurately but stayed rather loose with a swing in the brushstrokes. I went to work with my palette knife, picked up on the curvy shapes and continued them into the sky. When the painting was finished I could tell that it was a real beauty.

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