Yesterday afternoon I drove over to El Rey Supermarket at El Dorado to buy my monthly allotment of medicines for my high blood pressure hindrance. As I walked through the aisles of the venue, I passed the flower section, and there on one corner, my eyes captured a group of gorgeous bright yellow sunflowers. I knew then and there, these flowers would be my next subject for Lingua Franca.
Without wasting much time, I purchased a bunch of them, dashed over to the pharmacy to get my medicines and speeded home to take the shots. This is what came out of my compact Canon PowerShot A720 IS. It was a dark day with ash clouds, which made it difficult to concentrate enough light. However, in my opinion, the pictures look quite decent after all. Sunflowers always remind me of Dutch post-impressionist painter, Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890).
Vincent van Gogh’s Sunflower paintings have been duplicated many times by various artists (although never reaching the vivacity and intensity of Van Gogh’s) and displayed everywhere; from households to art expos. Van Gogh began painting sunflowers after he left Holland for France in pursuit of creating an artistic community. The firsts were created to decorate his friend Paul Gauguin’s bedroom.
The majority of Van Gogh’s sunflowers in vases were created in Arles, France during 1888-1889. Van Gogh did create some sunflower paintings prior to this time though in Paris, France around the time of 1887.