Sunday, February 6, 2011

Santa Ana Sunflower Garden - Step by Step Container Garden

Santa Ana Sunflower Garden by Nancy Medina
36X36
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas

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Santa Ana Sunflower Garden is my newest container garden, and is on the drying wall as I start a new four foot painting today. Santa Ana is painted on a three-foot square gallery wrap canvas with deep edges, so the painting continues around the sides, giving a nice 3-D effect. These deep edge canvases are absolutely beautiful in floater frames, such as the ones made by Art and Frame by Wood Gallery in Coronado, California. They also look great unframed in a sunny family room or kitchen.

Santa Ana bloomed at the same time Dallas experienced the coldest arctic weather front in 78 years. It seemed only appropriate to populate this new work with every delicate blossom of my favorite summertime visits to Fredericksburg, Texas, and Coronado, California. How do these gardens grow? They tend to evolve almost on their own. I start with one grouping, I erase it, add another. Take a peek below to see how this process began...and ended...as a bit of a surprise even to me!

Enjoy, and stay tuned, my newest four foot container garden is on the easel. The pots will go in today, and I promise to share that journey with you, too.


Step one, get the pots in and the framing flowers.




Step two, too much blue in the background!
Start over with a new focal point....hmmmm-
Solution - bigger sunflowers...!




Giant sunflowers begin to blossom, a
nice contrast to the cool and warm blues.






A guiding path of light invites your eyes into
the painting along the bottom edge of the canvas.



See many of my other container gardens here!
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