I absolutely love sunflowers so I decided to try my hand at painting this image. I started out great with the sky, the tree and the barn. I took artistic licence with the distant trees in the center of the photo but once I got to the field of sunflowers - omg, what to do! I could not get my brushstrokes fine enough to accurately depict this photo... :P
In desperation, I began looking for some tool to help me create some semblance of petals. I chose a q-tip. It gave the painting a kitchy kind of look, so I went with it. I couldn't get the orangey sky quite right so I painted it out, giving my painting a blue sky with clouds.
Sheesh, what a mess! I got rid of the tree in front of the barn, my depiction of it looked odd to me. I kept working on the petals with different shades of yellow and with some white. Then I added some highlights and stems. I was at it off and on for a couple of days, trying to find a way to give the petals better definition but I still couldn't achieve quite the look I wanted.