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Art of the Day: Monday July 23, 2018

Sunflower Ladybug Vignette

- by Pamela K Wilhelm

This week's theme: Helianthus

They are named for the sun. Their symmetry is based on Fibonacci numbers. They are native to the Americas, but have traveled widely and have captured the eyes and imagination of people all over the world.

This watercolor takes it's inspiration from a painting by Henri Matisse. I recall seeing his work many years ago and the image stayed with me since then. I tried capturing some of the feeling of his jar/bowl of goldfish and some of the greenery in my rendition. The painting measures 10" X 14" and is rendered on Kilimanjaro 140 lb. cold press paper. I enjoyed the experience of revisiting this particular work by Matisse and painting one in tribute. The stripes in the background are somewhat more purple in tone than that which you see here as digital images are sometimes a close approximation to the original, rather than a perfect representation.


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