This painting was a framed gift to a valued coworker that we were sad to see leaving our employer and moving to the other side of the country. She was a big fan of the self-help book by the same title – which was one of the current business fads of the late-1980’s – so it made sense as a gift that we all signed for her.
Painting info: What color is your parachute? Going away gift for a coworker Washington, DC June 1989 Winsor & Newton Artist watercolors Legion Lanaquarelle 100% cotton 140 lb cold press paper 6”x8”
Creating different iterations of this image has become a thing for me. I have painted variations of this same image of a sunflower repeatedly for friends when a close family member dies, as the cover of a custom-made sympathy card that I create for them. This specific painting (above) I finished a couple of days ago, for a friend whose mother died last week. I’ve done this several times over the past few years now, and – sadly – I’m getting better at it.
Why a sunflower? I want something that’s bright and not down, something that can lift someone’s spirits and not be trite, something that won’t intrude, something that can be beautiful and hopefully impart a sense of peace.