Painting Sunflowers with Vincent van Gogh

Dancing Sunflowers by Debbie Arambula

When I was approached by Jerry’s Artarama to review some art products of my choice, I was both honored and excited. I was allowed to choose what I wanted to test and I choose Lukas paints. When I reviewed the company’s profile, I discovered that these where the same paints that Vincent van Gogh use in the 1800’s. How perfect for my new sunflower painting. When I first opened the Lukas tubes, I noticed that the color palette was not as bright as I was used too. I could tell that the saturated deep pigments were of a higher quality and my confidence that they would last a long time was not in question! They are creamy, alive and high quality. Although above average in creamy texture, I prefer an extremely creamy texture so I added the high quality poppy seed oil that Jerry’s Artarama gave to me as well. I LOVE the poppy seed oil. It gave the oils the perfect, creamy texture I prefer when painting the flowers with my hands and fingers. Most all my flowers are painted with my hands and fingers so texture is vital. And as a master colorist, color is essential. Both of these products met my standards and beyond, and I would highly recommend them. However, that said, I would like to try some other products that fit more into my color palette.
As an artist, I am fascinated & inspired by many Master painters, but some I have a sort of soul connection to. Vincent van Gogh is one of those artists that touch me deeply.


From the very beginning of my art career, I have always painted what I feel inside, not what I see. Painting my flowers with my hands and fingers gives birth and assists my expression fully. It helps me taps into the most important spiritual element of emotion. What I feel always comes first and most likely, this is where Vincent van Gogh and I are kindred spirits. He painted from the deepest part of his soul.

Flowers always inspire, that spring-like feeling of whimsy mixed with youth . As a little girl, I remember stealing them from people’s gardens just to give my Mom a little reminder of how much I loved her.

I hope my flowers bring out the simplistic and powerful inspiration that lies inside of you. To see more of my paintings:

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