It’s hard to believe that today is officially the start of fall. The sunflowers are in full bloom and the climate is hot and muggy in Lawrence, Kansas.
Just this past week, I wrapped up a new commission. I had a request for a sunflower painting. As I was searching for image inspiration, I came across a magnificent photo in a little book called, “The Kansas Sky.” The photograper’s name is Harland Schuster. Harland was nice enough to allow me to use his image for inspiration.
I now have limited edition signed prints in several sizes of this sunflower painting available on my website.
Last year, I was very inspired when I visited Grinter’s Sunflower Farm. The sun was just coming up as I had a chance to fly my drone over the field. When I uploaded my video to Facebook, I was surprised that in just a few days, my video was shared over two thousand times and had 300,000+ views! The glow of the flowers was mesmerizing. ENJOY!!
And enjoy the sunflowers while they are still around! It won’t be long and new colors and temperatures will cover the land.
I’m happy to report that the painting for the Lawrence Beer Company was completed today! This painting has been a joy to work on, on multiple levels.
First, has been great to work the owners of the Lawrence Beer Company. These guys have a passion for beer, food, art and culture. The building that they are working on is full of character and has so much potential for a brewery. I can’t wait to see the finished space.
Second, doing research for this project has been very inspiring. I’ve come to befriend two storm chasers, Jeremy Holmes and Sean Ramsey. These photographers each have INCREDIBLE portfolios. Their work is a reminder that Kansas is filled with incredible beauty– sometimes you just have to hit the road to go find it!
Third, I love painting on large surfaces. The bigger the canvas, the more exciting the painting! In some mysterious way, I think more of the energy of the painting is captured when I can move around. I also enjoy using large brushes and lots of paint. Sometimes small paintings can me feel a bit tight as a painter.
The next step is getting this painting photographed. I’m hoping to offer this in a variety of different print sizes after it is edited. Please visit my website to see more of my commissioned work and available art! Keep me posted if you have any questions about murals or ways to commission more of my art.
I had a chance to start the painting for the Lawrence Beer Company last Thursday. So far a lot of progress has been made. Since the oil paint dries so fast in my studio, I found myself painting as fast as possible. I couldn’t get the whole painting in my camera view. If you are around this Final Friday, you should come by and check it out! 825 Mass. St. — below Phoenix Gallery