My painting Firecraker Sunflowers was accepted into the Impact 2022 Juried Show. What a fantastic show! There was a wide variety of mediums and styles making for interesting viewing. For the first time since the pandemic started it was nice to have food and drinks offered at an art opening! The Neilson Park Creative Centre is such a wonderful venue.
My painting is based on some sunflowers I grew from seeds. These Firecracker Sunflowers were the drama queens of the garden. They moved their golden crowns to face the sun in a daily dance. Like actors on a stage, they commanded attention. When I painted them, I was so mesmerized by their shapes and colours that I lost track of time and suddenly, the painting was done. I didn’t want to make the edges to clean or perfect because that would dampen the sense of movement and energy created by the spontaneous shapes and brushstrokes.
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