This is my second original oil painting of a sunflower, based on the sunflowers Allan and I grew in our garden this summer. For various reasons, this painting was tedious and I grew tired of it in a hurry. I was attempting to emulate a classical, realistic painting technique based on an article in one of my artist magazines. But I guess my tendancy towards perfection took over, and no matter what I did, it just wasn't realistic enough. Thus, I became disillusioned. The next and subsequent paintings I'm working on, (now in progress) are less focused on realism and more focused on 'feeling'. It works better that way and that's the truth!