Sunflower Attempt #1 (Above) This one quickly went off the rails, the flowers got scraped off and then not repainted because the actual flowers had keeled over and I had nothing to work with.
Sunflower Attempt #1-B (Below)
There are some interesting things about this composition but I was still working too large (about 16×11″) and by the time I started painting after getting it sketched and blocked in it was too late in the day and the next day the flowers were falling over. The brown scarf covering the table was a bad idea, way too much dark brown in the painting. I experimented with repainting the table top a few different ways. I ran out of time with the flowers that were smelly and drooping and didn’t finish the vase because I wanted to try again and had just lost interest in this attempt.
Sunflower Attempt #2 (Below)
I tried making the background out of Gamblin’s Portland Greys with a little color added. It turned out really dead. I gave up on this painting after fussing with the bottle and loosing patience with it and the dull look of the background and the lack of value contrast in the flowers. I had some good values at first and then turned it all into mid-tones as I worked too long.
Sunflower Attempt #3 (Below)
I started out wanting to just do big shapes of value and color and leave them alone but I couldn’t resist adding more details and then wasn’t happy with the outcome. I’m a little happy with the background but wasn’t able to capture the look of variegated colors and brushstrokes that makes a background more interesting except a bit in the shadow. I had a really hard time getting a photo with accurate colors but maybe this is close enough to see the problems.
I always like the sketchy block in phase better than the finished painting–although I wouldn’t call this a finished painting. I went as far as I could until I would have had to scrape or rework but stopped instead, having had just about enough of sunflowers for now.