Mexican Sunflowers and a Free Downloadable Botanical Illustration print

This summer we grew Mexican Sunflowers for the first time. I love their beautiful vibrant colors that are unlike any other flowers I’ve seen!

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The colors are especially beautiful when light passes through the petals.

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They have soft velvety stems that always look like they’re rimmed in light.

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I was also excited to learn that the nectar of the Mexican sunflower is a favorite food of the Monarch butterfly.

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We try to make our garden a haven for Monarchs by growing lots of milkweed for them to lay their eggs upon and butterfly bushes to provide nectar. The Mexican sunflowers are a great additional food source for the butterflies and tons of other pollinators.

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The seed packet said they would grow to be around five feet tall but ours are over ten feet!

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I tried to capture the gorgeous colors in watercolor in my sketchbook and decided to make the painting into a pdf that you can download and print. Print it on letter size card stock to use it as a greeting card or you can print it on good quality paper to display it in a frame. The size is 5 x 7” when the excess is trimmed away and folded.

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I read that Mexican sunflowers reseed easily so I’m hoping to have lots next summer. Maybe you’ll be inspired to grow them too if you have some extra space to create a nurturing environment for Monarch butterflies and other pollinators. If you already grow them, leave me a comment and let me know about your experience!



Painting the First Tomato of the Summer in Gouache on Paper

This week I painted a tomato sandwich and made a video with commentary of the entire process from the drawing all the way through to the finished painting! Let me know if you have any questions or technique videos you'd like to see and please feel free to subscribe to my Youtube channel to be notified of future videos.

Birdhouse and Rose Mallow Gouache Painting Demo

Here's a time-lapse video of a gouache painting of a weathered old birdhouse in my garden with rose mallow around it. 

Here's the photo from my garden that I used for reference (below). As you can see, I moved some of the groups of flowers closer to the birdhouse.

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Hope you enjoy this video of my painting process and please subscribe to my Youtube channel if you'd like to see more video tutorials! 

Four New Paintings Added to the Shop!

Four new original oil paintings have been just been added to my shop. I hope you like them and thanks so much for your support of my work!

Peony - Original Oil Painting
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