Sketching Van Gogh's 'Sunflowers' version 1

This is one of my sketches from a Van Gogh Sunflowers session.

Van Gogh's Sunflowers No.1

"Sunflowers ?? !! ?? ", I hear you exclaim!

Here is the sketch and the original Van Gogh.

Van Gogh's Sunflowers No.1

Van Gogh's Sunflowers No.1

Aha! Hopefully you are saying "aha!" about now.

Can you see that it is an abstract version of the painting? All good painting and drawing is based on abstraction. Our brain interprets the world via abstractions.

So this is a compositional sketch. I am looking for:

  1. The big shapes
  2. The relationship between those shapes
  3. The rhythms

This process is explained in my book: How to Sketch Shapes.

How to Sketch Shapes - by Peter Inglis

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Inglis Code #874

As you paint, your palette should develop colours according to this graph.

The Inglis Colour Palette - organised after the Chevreaux colour wheel - Image © 2017 Peter Inglis

We use the 3 properties of colour to define and mix them: 1. Hue. 2. Tone. 3. Chroma.

Put the high chroma colours (straight from the tube) on the outside.

As we mix colours, the chroma decreases and we move toward the centre.