Van Gogh's 'Sunflowers' version 3

In of Van Gogh's most popular paintings we see how he applied his 'Language of Line' to the three stages of a sunflower's life.

Van Gogh's 'Sunflowers' version 3.
Van Gogh's 'Sunflowers' version 3

Version 3 in Van Gogh's sunflower series is quite challenging as it requires you to:

  1. Paint 12 sunflowers
  2. Orient them correctly in space
  3. Paint the three stages of sunflower blooming: Freshly opened / Dry centre / No petals

His sunflower paintings are probably only second to "Starry Night" in popularity.

I recommend you paint 'version 1' first as it only contains three flowers. If you haven't painted flowers before this is also a good opportunity to learn how to visualise the basic cone shape of a flower and orient it in space.

Van Gogh's 'Sunflowers' version 1.
Van Gogh's 'Sunflowers' version 1

Here are some of my variations on Van Gogh's 'Sunflowers' version 3 (1888-89)

Variations om Van Gogh's 'Sunflowers' painted by Peter Inglis. Sydney, Australia. Variations om Van Gogh's 'Sunflowers' painted by Peter Inglis. Sydney, Australia.
A few of my variations on Van Gogh's variations!

What will we learn in this painting?

  • Post-impressionist style
  • Impasto
  • Palette knife
  • Van Gogh's Language of Line

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