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Realistic watercolour sunflower
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If you need a dose of sunshine and you can’t get any, I’ve found painting some to be the next best thing!

In this tip video then I wanted to show you how I went about painting this Sunflower in my realistic style. Yellows in watercolour can be a challenge so I hope this will help:

If you enjoy the video, and have any tips of your own to share, please let me know in the comments below!

  1. Barb G. 1 month ago

    I have been trying to paint a Sunflower, and have 2 half done attempts.
    Thanks for the great video, will get working over the weekend.
    Also looking forward to your book!
    Love the pic of you and Ben, what a happy baby!

    • Barb G 1 month ago

      so sorry I posted the above twice, was unable to delete.

    • 花园小影 1 month ago

      Thanks for your video.It’s very useful. (BTW:your son is so cute)

  2. Maria 1 month ago

    Anna, it was a pleasure to see you with your son. What a lovely child. Good luck for all of you.
    I liked very much your video as I usually like all your drawings.
    I paint too and I am going to try to send you my sunflower.
    From Portugal my best regards

    Well it is impossible to send photos but I am sure that you would like to see.

  3. Sheryl 1 month ago

    Thanks I love painting sunflowers. Great picture what a cute baby.

  4. A Visram 1 month ago

    Dear Anna what a great artist you are. You inspire me and I’m sure the would be artists out there. I will be ordering your fab book just as soon as I can. Thank you for the videos and regular tips. Beautiful picture of mother and son. I hope he inherits your talent. Congratulations.

  5. Susan Davies 1 month ago

    This is such a lovely video – you make everything look so easy – I will try it when fresh sunflowers are in season – and the photo of you and your son is very special.

  6. Mary Caton 1 month ago

    Hi Anna as always brilliant tutorial, Ben is sooo cute and grown so much x

  7. Kathy Valeri 1 month ago

    I’m sending greetings from San Diego, California where it’s been way too warm and sunny this winter. We are now enjoying a little rain and hoping for more to make the flowers bloom. I love the cute baby picture and the snowy landscape. Your video was inspirational and very helpful. I have been learning a lot from your videos. I like painting sunflowers and love your techniques. I would send a picture but this will now allow it.

  8. Dick & Rosalie Rollins 1 month ago

    I’m going home today and try to paint your sunflower

  9. Jakkie 1 month ago

    Baby is adorable! Thanks for the sunflower, we’re having a snowstorm today,

  10. Kathy Muller 1 month ago

    Hi Anna, Love your work! I wish I could do your class’s But I’m afraid I only get 40Gig a mth. In Australia we are now coming into autumn, But have still had very hot day’s in the high 30s and high wind’s! we are very dry here no rain for 3mth’s So I wouldn’t mind some of your snow!!!! Ha ha! Looking forward to your new book! can’t wait until it arrives. Lovely little boy I have a granddaughter the same age so much fun. Kathy M

    • Author
      Anna Mason 1 month ago

      Gosh so hot where you are Kathy! Glad you’ll be able to enjoy the book.

  11. Kaylee 1 month ago


    Such a beautiful sunflower – they are my favorite flower, so I will be using this video to attempt painting one! Wish me luck!
    Looks like you and Ben are making the most of the colder months, such a cute baby!

  12. Ginette 1 month ago

    I can’t wait to do the sunflower ! Such a great gift from you ! Thanks a lot from Montreal , Canada !

  13. Patty 1 month ago

    Thanks for the tips, Your painting are lovely and inspiring. Also, wanted to mention that your baby is precious.

  14. Jan lott 1 month ago

    I’m so inspired Anna I just can’t thank you enough for sharing your talent and your classes I plan on taking them as soon as I receive my equipment in the mail again thank you so much I’m excited Jan Lott

  15. Carol Dunham 1 month ago

    I love the tip videos. I am just starting on painting with watercolours. I will not start until May or so. Are your classes good for beginners?

    • Author
      Anna Mason 1 month ago

      I’ve made beginners a real focus of the School so yes Carol!

  16. Prabha 1 month ago

    Thanks for the class Anna. Lovely to see you and your little boy! I like the way you get your lights without masking fluid.

  17. creatingincolors 1 month ago

    Thank you for another great video. I must try this. And what an adorable photograph of you and your baby boy – lots of happiness there!

  18. Linda Cornelius 1 month ago

    Sunflower looked amazing,
    Please can u tell me where u aquired your lovely, movable, wooden , art board you are using in your classes

    Regards Linda Cornelius

    • Author
      Anna Mason 1 month ago

      If you visit the Equipment section of the site (under the Learn to Paint like Anna menu) you’ll find details of where to buy online!

  19. Paula 1 month ago

    Just love this picture of you and your precious Ben! I have followed you from the beginning…bless you both!

  20. Roseanne 1 month ago

    Anna…love the photo of you and your sweetling, Ben. This vid is awesome. You make it seem doable. Keeping me motivated.
    Best to you.

  21. Catriona 1 month ago

    Gorgeous baby! And great hats, And Sunflower.

  22. Phyllis Kirigin 1 month ago

    Beautiful sunflower, Anna. AND a beautiful baby boy Ben. My first grandson Griffin resembles Ben a bit, He, too, is 6 months old.

  23. Annie 3 weeks ago

    Wow~ It ‘s Wonderful. I thought it was very difficult for me but now I ‘d like to try to sunflower.
    Thanks Anna ~~ this is first post when I join your class. I will show you my paint next time~~~I’m from Korea.

  24. Deborah Wilson-Zweig 3 weeks ago

    Love this video! I can’t wait to try it!
    Ben IS beautiful! Big boy!!!!
    Many blessings ~

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