This is one of my favorites.
This is a commissioned work for Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. Phipps had an exhibition highlighting the works of van Gogh recreated in floral plantings. Individual paintings were selected for each display room and the plants in those rooms reflected the colors, shapes, and other aspects of the paintings.
The designer asked if I would make portraits of each of the plants highlighted in each painting. Of course, sunflowers was one plant. I did grape vines, wheat, olive branches, coneflowers, and others. It was great fun working with the designer to get just the right look. The portraits were displayed in the lobby of the glass house as an introduction to the show.
Here’s a link to the exhibition. https://www.phipps.conservatory.org/exhibits-and-events/historic-flower-shows-and-exhibits/summer-flower-show-2019
I shoot for Phipps (website, marketing, social media, brochures, etc.) on a regular basis so I was in the right place at the right time.
Doing guided projects is very satisfying and are a great way to hone skills.
You got me thinking about the different feel of this image as opposed to others that are more botanical illustration, and I went back and see what you meant. You’re absolutely right.
I think working in the studio is a lot less constraining and allows for more latitude to arrange, pose, experiment, and play. That shows in the final image.
“Studio” sounds so stuffy. Mind is pretty much the same as yours as pictured in the arrangements you have been showing. I just don’t have the cool bean bag that you have, which is not figurative but a real bag of beans.
Thanks again for the kind words.