Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Blazing Sunshine

Sunshine doesn't always come softly, often it blazes, like the sunflowers below. This is the time of year when sunflowers tower over the gardens, offering their bountiful seeds to birds of all feathers. Sadly, this year my seeds hide in there envelope with no glimmer of germination because I was too busy to plant them...but rest assured their day will come. Perhaps it will be next year, perhaps the year after.

The sunflowers shown below, and which I chose to reproduce on canvas and on recycled children's blocks, were left in their seed packets for a couple of years before they finally had their day in the sun. Here are some of the pictures I took and the paintings they inspired last winter as the cold winds blew outside my studio.

24"x30" (60 cm x 76 cm)
18"x20" (46 cm x 51 cm)
12"x24" (30 cm x 60 cm)
Below are laser copy photo transfers on some wooden recycled children's blocks that I sanded. I'm not sure I'm quite finished with them yet. They have a grainy texture that makes them seem old and they may lend themselves beautifully to some words or additonal embellishment. In the meantime, every now and again, I enjoy just mixing them up and putting them back together.

7"x7" (18cm x 18 cm)


Karin Bartimole said...

sunflowers are such uplifting beings :) I have yet to plant them in our garden, yet intend to ever year!
I really love your paintings, and the blocks are very clever. How big are the paintings?

Curio said...

Karin, Sunflowers come in so many more varieties now that they should be included in every garden. I didn't pay them much attention but some of last year's were 10 feet high. Plus they feed the birds. I added the dimensions for the artwork after reading your comment. Hope you are feeling good these days.

ArtPropelled said...

Your paintings are fantastic. Lovely details!
Thanks for reminding me to plant sunflowers this year. I keep forgetting.

notmassproduced said...

these are wonderful. i like them a lot. mmmmmmmmm.

Mar said...

the sunflowers look fabulously happy
the puzzles are a fantastic idea
and the perfect young person item for gifting

ArtPropelled said...

I'm glad I came back to check this lovely post. Brilliant idea, making the blocks. You must be looking forward to unwinding in the studio again.
I just wanted to mention ....your comment might not show up on my blog because about 10 have just disappeared every time I try to publish them followed by the error notice. Very frustrating because I value the comments coming through.

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