Learning Sunflowers

Learning Sunflowers

by Jessica Doble


Inspiration: These four paintings are my first attempts to learn how to watercolor a bouquet of sunflowers. I saw a version of this painting on Pinterest and thought I could do my own. However, from the first painting, I realized I didn't know how to paint sunflowers. So I watched some tutorials and tried them. This series demonstrates trying to find a groove for painting. I also picked up watercolors because after graduating from my PhD program, I felt that I was missing a goal outside of my work identity. After striving for something for so long with all parts of my life, I felt depressed and lost without this all-encompassing goal. Watercolor helped me create a new goal and a new groove.


Featured in our November 2022 issue, "Groove"