This winter in Chicago has been cold and gloomy. We’ve had constant snow, record cold, and day after overcast day. But the sunflowers my children brought home one day-they were full of hope. Light in the middle of darkness; a glimpse of summer in the middle of winter. This piece is 18×24, acrylic on canvas. Prints of Sunflowers in Winter available here.
This is actually not a new piece-it was completed in August but couldn’t be posted until after Christmas. I’m really excited about how this turned out. The painting is of my childhood home, but I was amazed at how painting something I’ve seen thousands of times could make me look at it so differently. The painting is acrylic on paper, 5 x7 in. I took in progress photos again this time, because it was so much fun the last time I posted them. Prints or greeting cards of this piece can be purchased here.
And here is the finished piece.
At a place like the Chicago Botanic Gardens, it’s almost too easy…which kind of makes it hard again. There are acres of perfectly cultivated exotic flowers:
But I found more interesting images in some unusual places:
In what happens after the beautiful flower:
We are finding beautiful flowers everywhere these days, and the farm was no exception. I should have gotten more, except I was being lazy and let the camera choose the focal point for me. This left me with a lot of shots that just weren’t quite. So I learned the downside of leaving the camera with too many automatic settings (Karma must have heard I was bragging about my laziness). But I did get a few that I love:
My macro lens takes awesome pictures of bugs-I get details I can’t even see in person. We must have lucked into just the right conditions, because we managed to encounter all of these little guys in one walk. The toddler found a few mosquitoes, too. Welts the size of quarters from those suckers!
This one is admittedly kind of gross, but I still love it:
With this one, I actually like the disappearing flower more than the butterfly:
This one I consider another reason that sometimes it is awesome to shoot in automatic (but maybe this is possible in manual? I still don’t know what I don’t know.):