It seems I've been obsessed with any flower growing wild around here. Partly, that is because I do love flowers of any kind, and partly, because a flower here in the high desert is something precious and jewel like in it's rarity. The tiniest bud stands out against the stark rocks and dirt, and is equally vivid in dull grasses. (I love grasses too, but that is another story!)
Today, my husband alerted me to a large sunflower that is growing down by the barn. It was larger, he said, than the roadside sunflowers that are making their appearance these days. So, I went to investigate myself and this is what I saw.
This flower is growing tall and stately in a field of weeds. It stands alone, with no other evidence of similar companions. Here is another view of it with my hand holding it from moving in the breeze.
First off, I'd like to show you my Happy Rooster. He sits in front of a backdrop of golden ribbon floss sunflowers created with darning stitches. Very Happy indeed!
Next, is a country fence. Perhaps this is in Nebraska, or Kansas, or maybe it is just right down your road. This canvas is part of a series available through Sundance Designs, and is called The Fields.
You could stitch as little or as much as you like on this one, and it will look great no matter what!
Here is my Talavera Sun. First shown is the painted canvas, followed by photos of the stitched and finished piece as a pillow.
Speaking of Sundance, I pulled the following canvas designs off their website. They will show up here as very small, but I hope you can enjoy viewing them anyway.
The first is by the artist who made Sundance who they are today; Ted DeGrazia. His little girl holding a giant sunflower is so charming!
Here is a VanGoghish vase of sunflowers by artist Sally Huss. I love this one!
Next, is one of my favorite canvases, designed by Gail Tu-oti. Wouldn't you love this as your own front gate?
Be sure to check out these and all the designs that Sundance distributes at www.sundancedesignsonline.com.
And lastly, just to show you how much I love and admire sunflowers, I share with you a cherished painted cupboard that resides in my kitchen. When Aunna and I came upon it in a store, it didn't take much of her urging for me to buy it. My husband was a bit shell shocked when I brought it home, but then, the poor man never even knew what color was until he married me! He's over it now!
I believe this cupboard was crafted in India and the painted sunflowers just brighten my day every time I enter the room! Perhaps you need your own sunflowers to brighten your day too, so get stitch'n!