Fearless Friday, Sunflower Love


I’m all about sunflowers this week




I have been extra busy,

so I borrowed parts of this post from the archives





to share some easy sunflower painting fun today





Before you begin to paint something

take a few minutes to really look at your subject







Look at the proportions of the different parts

and study the color variations





See how the petals have various shades of yellow and orange?






This is the technique I use to paint on glass or fabric





It is more of an impressionistic technique, so don’t over think it

Using acrylic paint, do a couple of practice flowers

Fast and loose brings the best result







Start with a large round brown dot and let it dry

I used a piece of parchment paper and a canvas bag for this demo

An easy way to make a large dot is by making a C and then a backwards C to form the perimeter.

Adjust the shape and fill in the middle

The shape on the bottom right is for the center of a flower who’s petals are down turned




sunflower center



Dip a fat round brush, like a #8, into yellow, then orange, then yellow

This allows the paint to mix on the surface and gives the color instant depth

Make petal shapes by making short, quick strokes outward all around the brown center

Adjust the color as you go if it gets too orange or too yellow

Variation equals interest







Dip a clean smaller round brush,  #6 into a dark green, then into yellow

Make a long stroke from the bloom downwards

Do this quickly for the straightest result-

BUT it doesn’t have to be straight, a gentle curve looks good too.






Once the stems are painted add a couple of leaves

Dip brush in green, then yellow and make a quick stroke by placing the brush along the stem

Push down at the beginning of your stroke,

then lift the brush off the surface to form the leaf tip




easy sunflowers thepaintedapron.com




I actually sort of twist the brush tip as I lift it off the finished leaf to get a little attitude  😉







When the bloom is dry,

use the other end of the paintbrush to paint random black dots on flower’s center

and let a few stray off onto the petals and around the flower




sunflowers jmdesigns.com




This is an inexpensive canvas bag from the craft store.  Put a paper towel or piece of paper or foil inside the bag before you paint it to make sure the paint doesn’t seep through to the other side




sunflower bag thepaintedapron.com



Here’s another way to paint a sunflower with watercolor

Put down a loose shape of yellow on wet paper

Add some splatters too if you like







When that dries add a dark center






darker petals




then more petals, in a lighter shade





Then black details, a stem, and leaves





The sunflowers below are created with a combination of markers, ink, and colored pencil





I don’t have a step by step breakdown of this,

but if you compare it to the acrylic sunflowers and the watercolor sunflower

you can see the differences between the different mediums

It’s fun to try the same subject in a variety of styles

like we did a few weeks ago with Pink Roses




I hope I’ve brightened your day!




Have some sunflower fun and Be Fearless!



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25 Responses to “Fearless Friday, Sunflower Love”
  1. Jenna, sunflowers are so happy and they always make me smile. Your talent and creativity are amazing. Happy Friday!

  2. Jodi says:

    beautiful happy sunflowers!

  3. Michelle says:

    Beautiful!!! I love sunflowers so much. 💕

  4. Rita C. says:

    It’s so fascinating to see and read your creative process, Jenna!

  5. Sarah Anderson says:

    Jenna, it’s always fun to see the process of your creative projects. Fast and free! That’s what my art teacher would tell me! I took painting classes in my early 20s. I was too stiff!
    Sunflowers are such happy flowers! Happy Friday!

  6. pattyanneart says:

    Oh I love your beautiful sunflowers Jenna!!💚🌻💚
    I always enjoy seeing your process and your beautiful work.

  7. Debra Oliver says:

    wow, I love this, and seeing how you created this. I adore sunflowers, your paintings are so fresh and full of inspiration!

  8. Julie says:

    Hi Jenna, oh I love sunflowers in August and I just love all the ways you painted your flowers. I made a painting of sunflowers a few years ago and they are not easy to paint but you make it look so easy!
    I hope you have a wonderful weekend.
    Julie xo

  9. These are great! I was just painting a sunflower painting today. I should have read your post first! I’ll share soon!

  10. Benita says:

    I love all of the sunflowers! So pretty! Hugs!

  11. I love painting sunflowers too. Your projects are all so very pretty. Thanks for sharing them at #HomeMattersParty

  12. Mary says:

    Beautiful! I especially love your watercolor rendering of a sunflower Jenna! 🌻

  13. madpainter01 says:

    This is a great post – I feel quite inspired to paint a bag. Thanks so much for showing the fun side of painting !

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