there is peaceful.
there is wild.
i am both at the same time.
nayyirah waheed, “sum,” salt
For “Sunflower Field in Autumn” Diane tried a creation process she had just discovered. For this project she:
- “gessoed” watercolor paper
- pushed pearlized crackle paste through stencil
- allowed to dry overnight
- Used INFUSIONS color stain on background
- allowed to dry overnight
- glued photo; adhered paper and ribbon
- allowed glue to dry
- added sewing
- glued cardstock to backside and trimmed
I get to be the “guinea pig” for many of Diane’s experiments with new techniques. Lucky me–especially when sunflowers are involved!
Thanks for the sunshine, Diane!
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. . .
they won’t be here for long
they still choose to live
their brightest lives
rupi kaur, “sunflowers,” the sun and her flowers
Today’s sunflower love features the photography of my Love Notes friend, Eileen V. She captured the sunny bloom while out and about with a friend and sent the card with hugs, strength, and hope in light of Lori’s passing.
Eileen wrote that whenever she sees a sunflower she thinks of me and her daughter, Alanna, who also loved sunflowers.I did not miss the “past tense” in Eileen’s mention of her daughter, and I learned shortly afterwards that she lost her daughter some years ago to a tragic accident. It’s bittersweet to share a precious connection via sunflowers, and when I see them, I will think of Eileen and Alanna.
My heart breaks. It breaks for all of us who have lost someone dear to us. But it comforts me to know Alanna, Lori, and Karlette lived “their brightest lives” and touched so many hearts during their brief sojourn in this world.
If I were a flower..I would be a sunflower.
My penfriends have been showering me with sunny blooms and sending beautiful reminders to “face the sun,” so my sunflower wall is growing beautifully wild. I’ll have to share an updated photo soon. Until then, I’ll continue to share the individual postcards on the blog.
About a week ago, I received a postcard from Geraldine (Nannydino on swap-bot) that offers a unique interpretation on the sunflower theme. Instead of growing in a field or sitting in a vase, the sunflowers appear to be growing out of a human.
Pretty interesting. Right?
“Sunflower Humans” is the work of Priyanka Parul, a young artist from Mumbai, India. I love how the human face is replaced with or masked by sunflowers. Are they human? Are the sunflowers a gift? Symbolic of a sunny disposition? A reminder to “radiate sunshine” from the inside out? I’d love to know what Priyanka was thinking when she conceived this piece.
In my search for information on the piece, I ran across a post written in 2016, “Are You a Human or a Sunflower.” There are some conceptual similarities, so I wonder if the artist was inspired by the post.
I hope you have your shades nearby. You’ll need them for our final week of sunflower posts for the year.
May you have a week filled with sunshine and good things.
All good things are circular. —
Shortly after my focus on photographing lines last year, I transitioned to finding circles in ordinary places. I’ve seen the art installation above [or ones similar to it] at least three times within the last year–at work, in a dentist’s office, and in a hotel.
As I was scrolling through my Flickr albums–trying to decide if Flickr is worth the new price tag–I ran across a few circle art pieces the now seventh graders completed while in sixth grade. Their work reminded me of the art installation, so of course, I have to share.
My son is not crazy about his, but he’s allowing me to post it. Why? Because “there are no mistakes in art,” as his fourth grade teacher says. [Insert my shock that he’s okay with my including it].
Sadly, I didn’t have time to photograph all the students’ circle art, but here are the few I captured. [Click an image for a closer look].
Various tools can be used to make circle art, but the goal is to allow the process to evolve naturally–without overthinking it. It is definitely my kind of art, so I’m grabbing some art paper, colored pencils, markers, a compass, and (maybe) paint to make my own circle art this weekend. Maybe, I’ll find the courage to share here on the blog.
Why don’t you join me?
This is an excellent weekend activity for kids too, so get them to join the fun. If you need more information or inspiration on circle art, check out the Artful Parent’s Circle Art post.
Let’s make a mess!