Size: 20″ x 16″ Support: Gallery wrap stretched canvas Description: Oil painting of a sunflower as seen from the backside of the blossom. Gallery wrap means this painting will not require a frame as the composition extends around the edges of the canvas surface.
Artist Comments: I love all flowers, however, one of my favorite kind is the sunflower. I love the bright sunshine yellow petals and huge blossoms that resemble the sun. Most paintings of sunflowers are from the front of the blossom, however, the back side of some flowers can be just as interesting.
Some Interesting Things About Sunflowers
The sunflower is a plant that is native to North America. Later it was introduced to Mexico and Peru. They can grow up to 6 feet tall and prefer dry, sunny places where their roots can dig deep into the soil.
When the plant is in the bud stage, it will face the sun following its movement across the sky from horizon to horizon. This movement allows it to get the maximum amount of the sun’s rays. Once the flower is fully opened into the radiance of yellow petals, it faces east only. It is not known why it does this. One theory is it is possibly a defensive response to prevent the sun from scalding the seed pod during hot summer days.
The sunflower is often equated as a symbol of spiritual faith, worship, adoration, loyalty and longevity. Perhaps because it is always seeking the “Light”.
Artist Comments: In 2006 my husband Robert retired from the US Navy and we returned home to Texas after being away for over 20 years. Of all the places we could have chosen to live, we decided to settle in the East Texas region. East Texas is a lovely place to call home because of its plush green vegetation, vast rose gardens, Texas Longhorn cattle ranches, hay growers, working farms, rodeos, and the many small country towns and communities. It is in this setting that we chose to build our little ranch approximately 20 miles west of Tyler.
Tyler, Texas is known as the “Rose Capital of the U.S.A.” because this area alone produces over 20% of the nation’s roses. This city also has the nation’s largest municipal rose garden, is home to the Tyler Rose Museum and hosts the Texas Rose Festival every year in October. The festival draws more than 100,000 visitors to the city each year.
Surrounded by all these beautiful roses I was inspired to do this rose painting when we first moved here. I love roses! I love their delicate beauty and fragrant smell. And I especially love red roses. They are so vibrant in color. Roses come in so many different varieties of color and are widely recognized as a symbol of love, sympathy or sorrow depending on the rose’s color. For example a red rose is a symbol of love, yellow of friendship, orange of enthusiasm, white of purity and pink of joy.