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Sticking Up In Little Spikes….

8 Sep

Here’s a little bit of a van Gogh sunflower from the copy I painted in one of Ed Sumner’s Cheese and Wine Painting Clubs on Facebook. I’m selling the painting to raise funds for LATCH, The Children’s Cancer Charity which has given fantastic support to a young relative over the past few years and helped our family through the darkest of times. It’s a small charity entirely dependent on fundraising and goodwill. Please take a look at the fundraising page (link at bottom) and find out a bit more about LATCH xxxx

It is said that van Gogh’s many paintings of sunflowers were originally much brighter, but he often could only afford cheaper paints and the yellows in particular are supposed to have changed over the years, becoming darker and more browny. I’ve painted this in Liquitex Heavy Body acrylic paints, top quality artist pigments that will remain true for a lifetime if looked after properly. Copying a painting teaches you so much about the technique of the original artist. I’ve learnt that van Gogh built up the paintings in many, many layers, more than I had imagined. Those weird sunflowers at the bottom of the vase in particular, are painted so thickly that the paint is sticking up in little spikes. Wouldn’t it be great to travel back in a time machine and see them as they were created?

LATCH, The Children’s Cancer Charity, Painting Fundraiser

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If you would like to see the paintings and maybe buy one, please click on the boats picture to visit the page. Thanks xxx



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