Van Gogh's 'Sunflowers' version 1

Van Gogh treated the sunflower as his 'signature' flower.

His sunflower paintings are probably only second to "Starry Night" in popularity, in particular 'version 3':

Van Gogh's 'Sunflowers' version 3.
Van Gogh's 'Sunflowers' version 3

However I recommend painting 'version 1' first as it only contains three flowers. If you haven't painted flowers before this is a good opportunity to learn how to visualise the basic cone shape of a flower and orient it in space.

Van Gogh's 'Sunflowers' version 1.
Van Gogh's 'Sunflowers' version 1

Version 1 also clearly shows the three stages of sunflower growth:

  1. Freshly opened
  2. Dry centre
  3. No petals

Having completed this painting we are well equipped to paint 'version 3' with it's 12 sunflowers.

Here are some of my variations on Van Gogh's 'Sunflowers' version 1 (1888-89)

Variations on Van Gogh's 'Sunflowers' painted by Peter Inglis. Sydney, Australia. Variations on Van Gogh's 'Sunflowers' painted by Peter Inglis. Sydney, Australia.
My variations on Van Gogh's Sunflowers v.1.

Read more about Van Gogh: Sunflower Variations.