Dwarf Sunflower (Helianthus Annus Hybrid)
oil on linen panel
Victorian flower language ascribes a meaning of gratitude to the dwarf Sunflower. The name "sunflower" originates from the Greek helios meaning "sun" and anthos meaning "flower," since these flowers always turn towards the sun. Sunflowers actually come from Central and South America, not Greece, and were grown more for their usefulness than their beauty. The sunflower's turning as it follows the sun symbolizes deep loyalty and constancy.
The following collection of minis for the remaining days will be small 6"x 6" still lifes of my garden flowers this year. Each small work is painted on Belgian Linen, which in its natural state is a gray-ish neutral tone. I've left some parts of the canvas unpainted so you can see the texture of the natural linen. I wanted to try and replicate in paint, the vintage flower illustration plates from botanical books. I really enjoyed working in my garden this year. It was such a nice respite from the news and our increasingly difficult and unusual circumstances. My gardens were prolific with flowers and it was a pleasure to set up my little still lifes and paint. I think they make a wonderful grouping arrangement!