Do you love sunflowers as much as I do? Sunflowers do not fail to bring a smile to my face whenever I see them.
One of my favorite quotes about sunflowers was said by Helen Keller. “Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow. It’s what sunflowers do.”
Isn’t that lovely? It is amazing how these strong flowers will turn their faces towards the sun and literally follow the light during the course of rising and setting of the sun during the day.
A life lesson, indeed.
My sister and I walked into a Michael’s Art & Craft Store last week to pick up a gift for a friend. We got completely sidetracked by everything sunflowers in the home décor aisle. That led into a discussion about what we like and what we didn’t and a five minute errand turned into a fifteen minute conversation in the middle of the autumn décor aisles.
All we needed was a pumpkin spice latte and weather about forty degrees cooler and we could say fall is here, at least in that store! It’s amazing how early things start to come in seasonally, but I’m ready. Fall is always welcome by the time August comes around.
Even though sunflowers are a summer flower there is something autumn-ish about them isn’t? Maybe because sunflowers are the gateway flower to autumn. Their warm colors, reliable presence and matter-of-fact attitude are more of autumn’s let’s-get-productive-and-stay-upbeat mood than the more laid back and vacation-mode of summer.
My sister and I left the store feeling more upbeat ourselves. It was a combination of an anticipation for fall plus a “wow, there’s only a few more weeks of summer” awareness. We quickly made a list of a few things we want to do before summer officially leaves us.
There are a number of fun things related to sunflowers I wanted to share with you, some ideas for end-of-summer projects in your creative space, perhaps?
Sunflower Creative Classes
Earlier this summer, I wrote a blog post about creating stunning sunflower watercolor sketches and watercolor paintings. The blog post is here. I share a few things to keep in mind for sketching success 🙂
If you’d like to go directly to the sunflower video tutorial on YouTube, I’ve included the video below.
Also, there is another sunflower tutorial for free in The Creative Season shop. This is part of the Fun & Free Splatter Art: Floral Edition released last year. The sunflower segment is a taste of the course and it’s perfect for a casual Saturday morning painting session.
Watercolor and splatter art can be problematic because if one doesn’t let the paint dry, the paint will merge and the effect can get muddy.
So, take your time going through it. Refill your coffee or water in between splatter sessions. It really is fun to see this splatter art come to life. You can see the solo sunflower class here and see a description of the course here.
A few people reached out to ask about smaller cards, especially for thank you or for a sweet greeting or follow up card.
Two new cards are in the shop, the Season of Sunflowers collection. Each card is 4.5 x 6 inches and comes with a goldenrod envelope. There are two designs. The first is a “thank you” card and the second is blank inside, to be customized for the greeting of your choice. These cards are
Sunflower Prints on Canvas
Finally, I have a limited print edition of the ‘Standing Tall Sunflower Trio’ print in a 8.5 x 11, printed on canvas. Each print has additional paint and ink added in for a special “one-of-a-kind” feel!