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This is a simple painting for a beginner artist. You will learn the basics of color mixing, blending and texture.

Sunflower PaintingInstructions:
You can paint the sunflower with a light background or a dark background.

  1. Outline: Draw sunflower and leaves, outline sunflower with Cadmium Red Light and Cadmium Orange. For light version outline leaves with Greenish Umber, for dark background, outline leaves with Cadmium Yellow Light.
  2. Painting: Do it by blending all the beautiful colors. Center, create texture with Burnt Sienna and Burnt Umber.
  3. Background: For light version create texture with Cadmium Yellow Light and Sap Green. Dark version, create texture with Burnt Sienna and Burnt Umber.
  4. Sign your painting and enjoy it.

Supply: This painting can be done in 2 medias, Oil Paintings or Acrylics:

Kansas SunflowerAcrylics: There are many brands of acrylic paintings that I have tested but the one that I like the most is: SOHO, Urban Artistic Acrylic: Excellent paintings, sold at more reasonable price by Jerry’s Arterama. 3060 Wake Forest Road, Raleigh, NC 27609. (919) 876-6610. You can also buy the supply on line.

Oil Paintings: You can buy them at Michael’s, ACMoore, but again the most affordable ones are at Jerry’s Arterama and their brand is LUKAS.

Canvas: 9″x12″


  1. Titanium White
  2. Cadmium Yellow Light
  3. Cadmium Yellow Medium
  4. Cadmium Red Light
  5. Cadmium Orange
  6. Alizarin Crimson
  7. Sap Green
  8. Greenish Umber
  9. Burnt Sienna
  10. Burnt Umber
  • Brushes: multi-purpose, polyvalent. There is a 10pc “Artist’s Loft” at Michael’s, they provides most of the brushes for the beginning or the Pro Stroke-Power Creative Mark of Jerry’s Arterama.
  • For Oil paintings, the best media is Refined Linseed Oil with Refined Turpentine. To clean the brushes Turpernoi. Glass container to mix media, I have some containers in the studio.
  • Easel: (a simple table metal easel is fine).
  • Paper towel.
  • Plate to mix colors or a Paper Palette. SOHO has a very reasonable paper palette at Jerry’s Arterama.

You can learn and enjoy to do this painting in the painting classes:
Call Clina: 919-841-3132
Email: clinapolloni@gmail.com

Visit Clina Polloni Art Studio and Gallery.
13 Garner Road, Franklinton NC 27527.
Take a drive to the beautiful country of North Carolina. Only half an hour from downtown Raleigh.