Friday, March 30, 2012

Sunflowers 6x8 Acrylic

"Sunflowers" 
6x8 acrylic on gessoboard
I spent the morning painting with my dear friend JoAnn Sanborn at her studio on Marco Island and she broke me out by setting me up with acrylics which I haven't used in 40 years save for a little study a few years back. We painted some sunflowers which I brought as a little gift for her. She gave me some beautiful gardenias which smell heavenly and are sitting in the fridge so as I can paint them tomorrow.
I loved the feeling of the paint on the smooth board and I didn't use a lot of water either. I did rinse the brushes and wipe them pretty regularly and then mixed up some more color because acrylic dries quickly and ruins the brushes.  
Then she treated me to lunch on the Esplanade overlooking the Marina where we enjoyed some good food and some laughs. A perfect day.
Although it's been warmer than usual here in Naples this winter, the breezes off the Gulf have been plentiful and refreshingly cool. You never thought you'd hear me say that did you? 

13 comments:

Studio at the Farm said...

Love the painting, Mary, and it sounds like it was a delightful time!

Jane said...

Your sunflowers are wonderful and with a very personal touch!

Jo-Ann Sanborn said...

Didn't we have a great time, Mary! I loved seeing you and laughing together. Your painting is lovely, and you beat me to the punch--my post won't come out until next week. Can't wait to set a date for our Everglades outing.

CrimsonLeaves said...

Beautiful, bold abstract sunflowers, Mary. Truly gorgeous!!

martinealison said...

Des couleurs éclatantes, un trio de tournesols qui danse bien...
Je n'ai jamais peint à l'acrylique. Je sais que cela sèche tellement vite que je ne pense pas que cela soit pour moi !!! Je suis tellement lente pour travailler !!...
Je vous envie, vous avez partager une excellente journée avec votre amie.
Je vous envoie de gros bisous.

martinealison said...

PS: Je ne vous oublie pas, lorsque mes intentions de me rendre à Cape Cod sont programmées je vous fais signe.
gros bisous encore.

Maria Hock said...

sounds like a perfect day. This painting is lovely...love the bright vibrant colors and the beautifully bold brush strokes.

hmuxo said...

This is painted beautifully, Sunflowers are always the perfect model..love the beautiful, vibrant colors.

Dottie Leatherwood said...

Mary, I love the progression of color from the top of the painting to the bottom. Beautiful color!

Kelley Carey MacDonald said...

I really like your work in acrylic! Sounds like a really fun day, dear!

Jerry Stocks said...

What a fantastic painting--love all the colors and hard to believe this is acrylic. Great job!!!

Paintings by Patricia said...

Lovely sunflowers, Mary. My daughter will be on Marco Island next week. Hope theweather holds for them.

Virginia Floyd said...

Wonderful, Mary! I love the cropping, making one flower the cent of interest. And what beautiful colors in that flower and stem! I also love the colors in the background, and the way you gradated it from light to dark at the bottom. Beautiful!

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