12 Sunflower Watercolor Paintings That Will Brighten Your Day

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Take out your watercolor supplies and allow yourself to be inspired by these sunflower watercolor paintings. The sunflower is a beautiful flower that represents positivity, peace and admiration. They are also said to mean good luck and lasting happiness.

We’re getting closer to the time of year when sunflowers will begin to bloom. If you’re lucky enough to have sunflowers in your own backyard, take advantage by using them as a reference for your painting.

These paintings are absolutely stunning and make excellent references if you don’t have a real flower to guide you. Have fun painting your very own blossoming sunflower.


1. Simple Sunflower

If you’re in need of a simple reference, I think you’ll enjoy this painting. This is great for both beginner artists and advanced artist looking for a simple and relaxing project.

simple sunflower
Artist Credit: pragalya_and_nakshu

2. Try Making Watercolor Darker

I love how dark the watercolor paint is for this piece. If you want to achieve darker watercolor, simply try using different color combinations. For example, you can use shades of orange to make a darker yellow.

dark watercolor sunflower
Artist Credit: senoritapiplet

3. Minimal Drawing

The artist has painted this sunflower with minimal drawing. The petals were created using loose brush strokes, with details being added in later. Try using this technique when painting your flowers.

sunflower with minimal drawing
Artist Credit: petiteprocrastinator

4. Sunflower Bouquet

Instead of painting a single flower, you could try painting a sunflower bouquet. What I love about this piece is that the artist has done a great job at incorpeating their unique art style into the painting.

watercolor sunflower bouquet
Artist Credit: artistrybyjuveria

5. Sunflower Field

Instead of painting sunflowers only, I love how the artist added a beautiful background scene. This scene features a small barn and a windmill. Also, notice how the flowers are being used to create a border for the painting.

sunflowers in field
Artist Credit: artworthylife

6. Wedding Bouquet

If you know someone who’s getting married, it would be a great idea to paint a wildflower bouquet, with the sunflower standing out in a beautiful way. Something like this would make a great handmade card.

watercolor wedding flower bouquet
Artist Credit: aryantestudio

7. Sunflower with Pink Flower

The addition of the pink flower adds a wonderful pop of color to this painting. Consider including an additional flower of your choice to your art.

sunflower with pink flower
Artist Credit: c.lyon.art

8. Three Sunflowers

If you want a simple and relaxing watercolor project, this painting makes a wonderful reference. I’ve always loved the look of the large green leaves on the sunflower.

sunflower with large leaves
Artist Credit: fatmas.sketchbook

9. Close-Up

This close-up picture shows you the details on a lovely watercolor painted sunflower. I highly recommend checking out the artist (Katarzyna Górska) to see more of their beautiful work.

Artist Credit: gorskakatarzyna.art

10. Sunflower with Realistic Water Droplets

I love how the artist added realistic water droplets to the flower. If you’re interested, Anna has a great YouTube tutorial that shows you how to paint realistic water droplets in watercolor.

sunflower with realistic water droplets
Artist Credit: jodieostenfeldart

11. Fill Up The Entire Page

Don’t be afraid to take up space with your sunflower painting. This flower uses up the entire piece of watercolor paper.

large watercolor sunflower
Artist Credit: mbrush.journal

12. Vibrant Painting

This painting is so fun and vibrant. To make your painting stand out in a great way, you can go bold with your colors.

bold sunflower painting
Artist Credit: mustardpiece.ph

I hope you’ve enjoyed this collection of beautiful sunflower watercolor paintings. I encourage you to share your incredible art with your friends and loved ones!

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