On to way to Lancaster, PA to pick up our daughter at camp, my husband and I stopped by at the rest area in York. Instead of going in to use the facilities, I dawdled, captivated by these sunflowers. I was the only person taking pictures of these cheerful flowers; other people were obviously more sensible than I! Sensible or not, I was as happy as the bee on the flower on the right. Whenever I find the reference material for future painting projects, I feel like I hit the jackpot. How small things in life please me!
On the technical note, compare the photo above with my painting. The photo's colors are predominantly cool yellows and greens; my painting is dominated by warm yellows and violets. I did that on purpose, pushing the yellows toward the sun and contrasting the yellows with the complementary violets so that the painting would pulsate. Besides, I love using pure colors out of the tubes: cadmium lemon, yellow light, and yellow medium. They are toxic--never to be touched or, god forbid, digested--but no other synthetic paints can replace them. They simply glow.