Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Sunflower bud

Pastel and colored pencil on Tiziano sage, 10x10 cm (4x4 in)

Almost a mandala. It is amazing to watch a sunflower open up. Other flowers seem to unfold or to emerge from the bud. A sunflower literally turns itself inside out as the flowerets enlarge from the outside rim inward to the center. This one is just starting to open, the "petals" starting to take on a yellow tinge. I found it more of a challenge to paint than I expected.