Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Spring is in the air

This week I noticed the first signs of spring - the bulbs that I planted in my garden last fall are starting to appear. Here in Colorado, the beginning of March doesn't necessarily mean that there won't be any more snow this season, but I can't help feeling like spring is in the air.
These sunflowers seem to appear out of nowhere each year - I think a result of seeds falling out of my birdfeeders or squirrels attempting to store some food in the ground for the winter. I just let them grow wild in my backyard. I love the way they look and how birds, butterflies, and bees gather around them to feed - they are what inspired this painting.
This is the largest colored pencil painting that I've ever created - it's 24" x 36" - and it took me three months to finish. For the background, I used blue ink, which I applied with a sponge.


  1. This is absolutely beautiful!

  2. I'm ready for spring too! These sunflowers are gorgeous!

  3. Spring is in the air, unfortunately not here (lots of snow this week.) But, this makes me feel like spring. Very warming!

  4. Very nice work. I am surprised that it only took 3 months to finish.
    I also like the composition.

  5. This is lovely. I have never attempted such a large piece in coloured pencils, but can imagine it takes many weeks to complete.

  6. I really like the sunflower painting. And wow that is alot alot of work in a piece that size. It is beautiful.

  7. Anonymous3/08/2009

    Wow Diann! I had not checked your blog lately and just catching up to enjoy viewing your art. You are inspiring! 24' x 36" color pencil is beautiful and I'm sure that was a lot of work! I also love the idea of the book mark instead of bus. card.