We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
"Little Gidding"
T S Eliot

Thursday, 9 June 2016

You are my sunshine ...

Another experiment using acrylic paint and watercolour. I found a photo of a single sunflower, and painted it with heavy body acrylics onto watercolour board.

I had found a few very old watercolour boards when having a bit of a clear out; they aren't particular robust, but suitable for having a play!

When dry, I then did a background watercolour wash, and dropped in some granulation medium to create a bit of texture.  also used a wax crayon to add some more resist.

Where the watercolour lay on top of the acrylic areas, I just wiped it off, so acrylic is a great resist with no effect on the colour intensity. I then went back to the acrylics and did some more shading on the sunflower and leaves.

Quite like the combination.

My painting inspired me to write another haiku -

Dark skies, pure sunshine
Petals curl in fond greeting
Sunflower my sweet friend


  1. Beautiful Sunflower and painting. Excellent idea to use the watercolour as the background. Cheers Shirleyxx

  2. I didn't realize acrylic paint resisted watercolors. I suspect I should have realized that, but I was thrilled you pointed it out.

    I really like both the background and the gorgeous sunflower. The shading was spot on, too. This is frame worthy.