Wednesday, July 22, 2020


"Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee, God of glory, Lord of love;
Hearts unfold like flowers before Thee, opening to the sun above."
Ludwig van Beethoven wrote the music for these words, it doesn't get any better than this.

Years ago, eleven years ago, I planned a series of sunflower paintings from a large bouquet I had bought at the local farmer's market.

My first ambitious step was to take five large canvases, each 30x40 inches, to draw my flowers directly on the canvas using ink and drawing from life. Those were a couple of very exciting and intense days. After completing the drawing, I tone the canvas with a warm red.
(left, a detail from the drawing process)

My second step was to make these color sketches using colored pencils. I based each composition on a line from my beloved hymn.

I think the first canvas that I finished is the Joyful2 and the last canvas that I finished is the Joyful1 shown below.