I liked cropping in tight on these sunflowers for a more graphic image. The flowers and the shapes of the pattern on the tablecloth get simplified into big simple shapes that lock together in a composition I really like. Part of this was influenced by a book from the show of Matisse cut-outs at the Museum of Modern Art. I haven’t had the chance to see the show myself, but my mom sent the book to me. I was struck by how he creates moving images from simple, flat shapes. This painting is no where near that flat, but I was influenced a bit by that idea.
This painting is 24×20″.