I’ve decided to do a series of flower still-life paintings where they are sitting on a table and have an open window with a view of a beautiful landscape behind them and maybe some other elements thrown in to make a good composition. When I think of sunflowers, I think of Van Gogh and my great-grandfather, Leonard Beitz, because he always seemed to have some growing in his backyard in Southern California.
So sunflowers are my favorite flowers because of who I associate with them and also because they are beautiful and colorful and look to the sun as well as like the sun. There are many elements that are an ode to Van Gogh in this painting… from the pipe to the pot and how I painted the sky. I feel like he would appreciate this original composition and I hope you do, as well.