Warming up a snowy Sunday

Sunflower Study#1

Sunflower Study#1

Sunflower Study 2

Sunflower Study 2

Sunflower Study 3

Sunflower Study 3

Just this past Sunday, I put the heat on in my studio early, knowing I wanted to enjoy the best part of the day there, looking out at the snow drifts and birds frequenting the feeder in search of food. Sometimes, I head to the easel with determination, other times, I fuss and fiddle and wonder what I will paint.  Recently I told my demo audience to “visualize themselves painting”, creating something from the soul. I really believe this is part of the creative process. So I proceeded to see myself in a warm Italian field of sunflowers ….

I wonder if it was the sub zero temps that made me want to paint such warmth? The studies that I have featured above helped transport me to another place, another season.  They are not masterpieces, but they did carry me away.