12 Sunflower Watercolor Painting Ideas 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.

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1. Simple Sunflower

simple sunflower
Artist Credit: pragalya_and_nakshu

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.

2. Try Making Watercolor Darker

dark watercolor sunflower
Artist Credit: senoritapiplet

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.

3. Minimal Drawing

sunflower with minimal drawing
Artist Credit: petiteprocrastinator

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.

4. Sunflower Bouquet

watercolor sunflower bouquet
Artist Credit: artistrybyjuveria

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 incorporating their unique art style into the painting.

5. Sunflower Field

sunflowers in field
Artist Credit: artworthylife

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.

6. Wedding Bouquet

watercolor wedding flower bouquet
Artist Credit: aryantestudio

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.

7. Sunflower with Pink Flower

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

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.

8. Three Sunflowers

sunflower with large leaves
Artist Credit: fatmas.sketchbook

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.

9. Close-Up

Artist Credit: gorskakatarzyna.art

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

10. Sunflower with Realistic Water Droplets

sunflower with realistic water droplets
Artist Credit: jodieostenfeldart

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.

11. Fill Up The Entire Page

large watercolor sunflower
Artist Credit: mbrush.journal

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

12. Vibrant Painting

bold sunflower painting
Artist Credit: mustardpiece.ph

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

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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