art, botanical art, drawing, flowers, gardening, illustration, painting, Val Webb, watercolor
I was late planting sunflowers this spring, so while the cut-flower fields at the edge of town are already resplendent with buttery yellow blooms, mine are still all stalks and leaves on the ascent. I always try to include my favorite, Evening Sun (Helianthus annuus) in the garden patch mix. Velvety red petals with a touch of yellow – and dense centers the color of bittersweet chocolate – make them wonderful to draw. This one is painted in gouache and India ink on heavy watercolor paper.
Beautiful! I must plant these next year.
Gorgeous! I loved it even before the india ink. Now it is truly beautiful. Expect a bluejay to swoop down any minute to pick out a sunflower seed!