Monday, October 27, 2014


10" x 8", ink & watercolor on 140 lb. watercolor paper

I plant a packet of mixed sunflower seeds in my garden every summer. I water them, weed them, and prop them up when a storm blows through.

I don't harvest the seeds to eat or to fill our bird feeders. The birds usually cling to the centers and peck the seeds right off the plant without any help from me.

Those big, ungainly plants don't serve any purpose at all in my garden. They just take up space that could be put to use producing a nice practical crop of beans or broccoli. So, why do I plant them year after year?  

I plant sunflowers because they make me happy! Because those big, beautiful explosions of yellow, rust, and gold make my heart sing. Because that $1.59 packet of sunflower seeds is the biggest bang for my buck that I get all year.

(This original watercolor painting is for sale. Beautifully framed and double-matted, $300.00.)


  1. Those are so beautiful! Each sunflower is so well painted. I love your work.

    1. Thank you, Caroline. I really enjoy painting flowers, and sunflowers are just so cheery. I find them irresistible!

  2. I love your painting, and your story! Sunflowers are my favorite flower!

  3. Lovely painting, of your beautiful sunflowers, filling part of your garden with beauty and food for the birds. I don't need to plants them in my garden as the fields are full of them all around where I live in France.


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