"Fields of Sun Flowers (near Toulouse)"

pastel 20" x 26" 2001

The sunflowers near Toulouse made me so happy! This is the first of my series of Tournesols as they are called in French. They do, in fact, turn with the sun. This can be very eerie as you drive down a road seeing them one way, then facing another direction on your return. They are huge flowers, and are an important cash crop used to make oil. But I just loved looking at them and drawing that riot of color.