My penfriend Christine has been my most prolific sunflower supplier. At least seven sunflowers on my wall came from her. This number does not include the gorgeous sunflower notecard sets she sent to be shared with others.
Some cards feature her photography. Some her watercolors like the two below. Some are store-bought like the one above. All of them bring cheer and brightness when days are far from sunny.
The card above, designed by Michele Frusciano, is prettier and more detailed than the scan. It is full of light and texture, not flat as it appears. The accents–lines, dots, diamonds, and squiggles–are a metallic blue and gold. The center of the bloom is navy blue and the bloom is embossed–or double embossed (is that a thing?).
Maybe, these photos give a better picture (no pun intended). [Click an image for a closer look].
The watercolor sunflowers below held a beautiful set of monogrammed sunflower notecards Christine purchased to support another artist.
The sunflower sisters appear to be involved in an animated conversation.
For this one, Christine borrowed our mutual artist friend Sheila D’s idea of sunflowers in a vase. She imitated so well that at first sight I thought it was from Sheila!
Sunflowers in vases always remind me of Van Gogh–whose sunflowers I hope to talk about later this week.
Each of Christine’s cards deserves its own blog post. So many sunflowers, so few posts. . .