In an email post yesterday morning Shari Blaukopf quoted from a book by Hawthorne ... I LOVED the quote and went on line to find out more. In so doing, I found this:
"Beauty in art is the delicious notes of color one against the other....Real sentiment in art comes as it does in music from the way one tone comes against another independently of the literary quality of the subject --the way spots of color come together produces painting.
A great composer could find inspiration for a symphony in a subject as simple as the tinkle of water in a dish pan. So can we find beauty in ordinary places and subjects. The untrained eye does not see beauty in all things -- it's our profession to train ourselves to see it and transmit it to the less fortunate."
So in 20F degree weather and seeking anything that spoke of warmth, I splashed "spots of color" and created sunflowers.