Sunflowers Tapestry Damask

Oil Painting – Sunflower Tapestry Damask, by Winifred

 

This painting adds a level of detail which I don’t usually include in my paintings.  For that reason I an including a few images which reflect the process.  Please let me know what you think?

Initial drawing with values created with oil paint.

Freehand painted background design and  first color layer.

 

Above, second color layer and beginning of table cloth.Above, third color layer and continuing to conceptualize table cloth. I rather liked the unpainted tapestry area but ultimately painted it. Below final painting after many adjustments to color and values with glazed oil painting techniques.

Oil Painting – Sunflower Tapestry Damask, by Winifred

 

Sunflower Seeds and Stems on a Brick

11×14 Oil Painting on a Panel

Sunflower Stem and Seeds Oil Painting by Winifred

Not long ago, I paint sunflowers with petals drooping and falling off.

This time, I decided to create a sunflower painting at a stage when all it’s yellow petals had dropped. What you see is the rather stiff green bract, located behind the petals. I find every aspect of the sunflower’s structure and development beautiful and quite fascinating. Initially I set up a single flower head, but two provided much more interest. For this still life set up, I used sunlight  beaming through my window blinds to provide dramatic light.  I’m pretty happy with the painting. I may have it cut it to a square in order to alter the design so the bottom flower is not dead center.  Hope you like it.

Portrait – Guatemalan Girl in Doorway

Unfinished Oil Portrait of Girl in Doorway – by Winifred

The reference photo for this Oil painting was provided by Daphne and Art Carlyle – Thank You!!  I loved the image for it’s overall design and emotional content.  It’s not finished (notably hand and area around hand) and I rarely post unfinished work – but I may not finish it because I have so much to do right now and I wanted to show you one of the paintings I’ve been working on.

 

 

 

Below is a detail of her pretty face.

Head Detail – From Guatemalan Girl in Doorway Portrait

Sunflowers in Checkered Pitcher

11×14 Oil Painting

Sunflowers in Checkered Pitcher Oil Painting by Winifred Whitfield

Without a doubt, this is one of my favorite sunflower paintings to date. It absolutely brings a smile. I love the black and white enamel pitcher.  I resisted painting it for months now, thinking I didn’t want to paint all the checks but it was not so difficult to do. 

Below –  Oil on 11×17 panel.

Sunflowers Oil Painting on Checkered Table Cloth by Winifred Whitfield

I guess, I’d already commenced my “checkered” journey a couple weeks before with the tablecloth the painting above – from imagination.  That’s probably why I felt I could at least paint checks looking at them.   I love the looseness of these flowers and the colors. Hope you enjoy both. 

Five Sunflowers

11×14  Sunflower Oil Painting on Panel

Sunflower Bouquet by Winifred Whitfield

  I often try this sort of unstructured colorful painting between portrait paintings.  Although my first love is portrait paintings, they are so tedious and exacting, they exhaust me.  Painting playful and colorful florals is how I recover.  I’ve recently completed a couple of portraits I am very proud of – but I can’t show you yet!

 

I hope you are having a wonderful Easter or Passover – or just a relaxing Sunday in any way you choose.