Sunflower Drawings

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I recently spent a few hours drawing in the National Gallery, London.

This is one of two studies of Van Gogh’s Sunflowers. It is not a print, it is hand drawn with a fineliner.

I used an old photo album, which I bought in a charity shop, as a sketchbook. I often do this, as the card is usually of very good quality, and those little leaves of greaseproof-type paper between each page keep my drawings clean. There are loads of unused photograph albums in charity shops. People are given them as gifts and then discard them. I like to be eco-friendly and put them to good use.

The green envelope once belonged to a pack of Christmas cards given to me by a friend. She had bought them and not used them. Again, I hate to see them go to waste.

It is now in my shop.

AlisonSye

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12 thoughts on “Sunflower Drawings

  1. These are beautiful Alison! They make special cards. Lucky you to sit in front of that painting and sketch away. I once worked in the curator’s library of an art museum (for a very short time…I told them I couldn’t type but they must have thought I was being humble and so hired me until they realized I was telling the truth…hahaha). Van Gogh’s paintings exhibited there for a few weeks while I was employed. I have no words! A highly visceral experience. Thanks for reminding me of this! Now I am green with envy!!!

    • What a lovely comment, thank you. I didn’t have the luxury of sitting, I was standing. Also, it is probably the most popular painting in the gallery so it was quite rushed. Next time I will stand at a less busy painting. Thanks for dropping by 🙂

  2. Just ordered this as a birthday card for my Mum! Hope it will inspire her to start sketching again. Love your idea of using photo albums as sketchbooks. H x

  3. Reblogged this on vintagethrifter51.com and commented:
    I love Van Gogh!! As you see on my blog post about thrifted art, I have two walls dedicated to thrifted and gifted and self-bought prints of his work. Love your drawing. Cheers, Michele

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