Sunday, December 27, 2009

Sunflower FREE Annual Painting Giveaway! Win this Original Oil Painting!

Note:  This painting was won by J. Jordan in Lufkin, Texas.

ART.  Today I painted this sunflower for the FREE painting giveaway. I always think of sunflowers in the middle of winter. [Click on image to see enlarged detail of sunflower.]

SUNFLOWER FREEDOM © artist V. Bridges-Hoyt 2009
oil on panel 10x10 inches, alla prima

If you want to own this painting, you must leave a comment underneath one of the blog posts made in December. For each comment you leave on a post, your name will be entered in the drawing to be held January 1. Maybe you'll be the new owner.

I posted this earlier on facebook so some of you have seen it, but not all of you had the opportunity to see the video link, so I will post the painting demo here for those of you who haven't seen it. Colors layered in this painting include viridian green, permanent green light, alizarin crimson, quin violet, cad red, cad yellow, lemon yellow, yellow ochre, burnt umber, Payne's gray and, of course, Permalba white (my favorite white oil paint).  You will also notice that I use a brush in the early layers and then switch to a palette knife to add the texture.

If you'd like to see the video larger, the resolution is high enough to watch it full scale on your computer monitor. Just click on the video window. I believe that will take you to youtube where you click on it again to enlarge it to full screen size where you can see the colors much more clearly.

Many of you know that I am a Daily Painter. The sunflower was today's daily painting and therefore was done quickly. This is a one hour oil painting of a sunflower on 10x10 inch canvas panel. The one hour of painting time is compressed into a time-lapse of 3-1/2 minutes on video. It goes pretty fast. I hope you will enjoy it. 

One or two hours is pretty standard for the time spent painting for the Daily Painters Gallery, although recently I've slowed down a bit to paint more detailed and completed work, for instance the cattle painting and the La Grange bridge painting that I am working on. Both are still unfinished. Nevertheless, one hour is more the norm for daily painting, alla prima work in oil.

Leave a comment below this blog post and enter the
FREE Painting Giveaway.
Drawing on January 1, 2010.

LIFE.  As I continue my study of the Book of Proverbs [and it is slow going], my pursuit of Wisdom is still front and center with admonishment to listen and concentrate on understanding.  How many times have I heard that in my life? "Quit talking and listen!" I remember about 7th grade when my teacher made me write 99 times on paper, "I will not talk in class." I had been talking to my friend in the next desk about something that surely was more important than listening to any teacher's lecture on the subject at hand. I never could understand why I had to do the 99 lines of writing, and not my friend. There surely must have been some good reason that I did not comprehend. Thus I will proceed slowly with my study of Proverbs, and I will focus on listening [hearing] and understanding not only the Book of Proverbs, but listening and understanding the wisdom that comes to me in my day to day life ... Wisdom that might easily be overlooked, not heard, not understood. I will mindfully concentrate.

The Benefits of Wisdom
My child, listen to me and treasure my instructions. Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding. Cry out for insight and understanding. Search for them as you would for lost money or hidden treasure. Then you will understand what it means to fear the Lord, and you will gain knowledge of God. For the Lord grants wisdom! From his mouth come knowledge and understanding. He grants a treasure of good sense to the godly. He is their shield, protecting those who walk with integrity. He guards the paths of justice and protects those who are faithful to him. --Proverbs 2:1-8
Today's Blessing:  A thoughtful son who taught me how to use the time-lapse video feature on my digital camera.


  1. Nita, you've missed your calling in that you should do lots of these demos! I LOVED it!! The music was great, and to see how fast you could paint that piece was just such fun. Loved your brush handling and pallete knife working. Good Job!!

  2. I need to check out the time lapse feature on my digital camera. Am not sure how it works at all. Good job here, Vernita.

  3. I too loved your video Nita. It is a great demo and I am amazed to see how you paint.

  4. Beautiful. Lots of texture and depth.

  5. You made this look so easy! I must try this...."you are amazing" !

  6. I loved the video and the sunflower. Great idea V... Barbara

  7. I think you did a great job putting this together Nita, you make it look so easy. Beautiful!

  8. Your sunflowers give me joy each day I see a new painting posted. Being mindful and present in each moment is something I struggle with on a daily basis. A favorite quote comes to mind from Eckhart Tolleson when I reflect on your words and your art, "The beautiful flowers are not anxious about tomorrow but live with ease in the timeless Now and are provided for abundantly by God."

  9. I love the dark undertones that peek through the finished painting. Your highlights of light yellows and touches of white make the flower come alive. Your pallete knife strokes give the sunflower wonderful points and angles. Love the painting!!!

  10. Thanks to you all for your comments. They are much appreciated. Your names will all be entered into the drawing scheduled for January 1.

    Gina, I have read Eckhart Tolle's The Power of Now. It's a powerful book. Mindfulness sounds like it would be so easy but isn't easy to practice. Jesus had something to say about flowers in Matthew 6:28-29: "So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these." Those two verses are profound, yet we people continue to worry and fret about what we don't have.

    Watch for more videos to come. Be sure to check back on January 1 to see who won the painting. In the meantime, it is on the easel drying.

  11. Wow-gorgeous sunflower-one hour-you are my idol! This is one of my favorite Vernita paintings!

  12. Thank-you for sharing your talent and God's encouraging Word! Your work is beautiful! The video will be a great help in growing my skills.

  13. Looking forward to more beauty to come!

  14. Nita, I have so enjoyed seeing how you gives me a new appreciation for what you do...and to see 80 some paintings were done this year!!! That in itself is hallmark! WOW! You really have moved out of the box...Happy New Year and may next year bring 100 new paintings!!!

  15. Thanks to you all for commenting on my sunflower video! I had so much fun making it that I'm sure I will do more.
    Janie, thanks for those nice wishes for 2010!
    HAPPY NEW YEAR to ALL of you, too!

  16. This is great, love your style of painting...It very powerful


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