Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Keep Your Face to the Sunshine

Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow. It's what sunflowers do
~ Helen Keller

I am working with the enthusiasm of a man from Marseilles eating bouillabaisse, which shouldn't come as a surprise to you because I am busy painting huge sunflowers. 
~Vincent Van Gogh, Arles, letter to his brother Theo 

Big doesn't necessarily mean better. Sunflowers aren't better than violets. 
~ Edna Ferber

I should like to change into a sunflower most of all. They're so tall and simple. What flower would you like to be? 
~ Maude in "Harold and Maude"

Every friend is to the other a sun, and a sunflower also. He attracts and follows.
 ~ Jean Paul Richter

Have you seen that portrait Gauguin did of me painting sunflowers? it was really I, but it's I gone mad. ~ Vincent Van Gogh

The author O. Henry taught me about the value of the unexpected. He once wrote about the noise of flowers and the smell of birds - the birds were chickens and the flowers dried sunflowers rattling against a wall.
~ Chuck Jones

The Sunflow'r, thinking 'twas for him foul shame
  To nap by daylight, strove t' excuse the blame;
    It was not sleep that made him nod, he said,
      But too great weight and largeness of his head.

      ~ Abraham Cowley, Of Plants

Sunflower earrings can be found here.  Van Gogh paintings can be found in museums around the world.  Sunflowers can be found everywhere.

1 comment:

  1. These are marvelous and I will say again I just love your new "designer" earrings. They are so full and the detail is great. Plus, who doesn't love sunflowers! Thanks