Watercolour of a Lotus Flower


‘The Last Lotus Flower of 2013’ Watercolour. 27 x19 cm © adam cope

This was the last lotus flower of 2013 that I saw on the lotus pond. Somewhat battered by the winds & cold nights here in the Dordogne. But still offering up its golden heart, despite of it all.

I love the life cycles of flowers. Yes they reach apogee, perfection then deteriorate, disband, fall apart. Sometimes even in the time span of a morning.  Doesn’t this transience make them all the more beautiful?

Currently enjoying the tips of sprouting daffs & hyacinths in the garden.



Sunflowers 9

watercolour painting by adam cope of a field of sunflowers from dordogne,

‘sunflowers 9’
watercolour painting
© adam cope

Not a host of golden daffodils but a field of star-bright sunflowers. Love these plants, so valiant, always shining, face towards the sun.

Sunflowers 8

watercolour painting of sunflowers

‘Sunflowers 8’
watercolour painting
50 x 40 cm
© adam cope

Some yellow acrylic highlights in this one, so not a totally Transparent Watercolour .
Some paintings go that way & if they require you to ‘break the rules’ , then that is what must be done, as it’s picture-making first & foremost (& not some dreary, step-by-step, formulaic type of watercolour , which frankly, has more resemblance to an obsessional activity than the magic of creating a painting). I guess it boils down to listening to what the painting requires rather than a slavish obedience to rules. What is so wrong with the odd bit of yellow acrylic anyway? The sunflowers sing ‘yellow! yellow !yellow! ‘… what would they care about a painting that missed the mark & didn’t have enough yellow?

Sunflowers 7

watercolour of sunsflowers on a white background

‘Sunflowers 7’
67 x 55 cm
©adam cope

‘where the bee sucks, there suck I’ – gentle will


the bee rich in honey

works his way round

the giant yellow sundial

clever ol’ yellow pants!

his pockets bulging with summer

a thousand smiling faces

turn towards the sun



hope u dont mind me talking to myself here silently in this quiet blog  as the comments are deafening !


or was it just the bad poetry???






Sunflowers 6

watercolour by adam cope - a perfect beauty sunflower

‘a perfect beauty! sunflower six’
38 x 28 cm
© adam cope


a perfect  beauty!
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perfectly so
such is this
not scared to announce itself the sunflower faces the sun & smailes


Sunflowers 5

watercolour of a sunflower on a blue background

‘sunflowers 5’
38 x 25 cm
© adam cope

one of series…

“A perfect beauty of a sunflower! a perfect excellent lovely sunflower existence! a sweet natural eye to the new hip moon, woke up alive and excited grasping in the sunset shadow sunrise golden monthly breeze! “- exerpt from ‘Sunflower Sutra’ by Allen Ginsberg


jumping for joy this one



Sunflowers 4

watercolour of leaping sunflower

‘sunflower 4’
38 x 25 cm
© adam cope

one of many in a series – just for fun 😉

” A perfect beauty of a sunflower! ”

exepert from ‘Sunflower Sutra’ by Allen Ginsberg

Sunflowers 3

Sunflowers 3- watercolour cadmium yellow & more cadmium yellow

‘Sunflowers 3’
watercolour cadmium yellow & more cadmium yellow
28 x 38 cm
© adam cope


“Keep your face to the sunshine
and you cannot see the shadow.
It’s what sunflowers do.”
– Helen Keller

Sunflowers 2

watercolour of a sunflower 2 in a series

‘sunflower 2’
25 x 32cm
© adam cope

number two in a series…

some previous watercolours of sunflowers :

'last of the stragglers - sunflower bouquet

‘The Last of the Stragglers.’
50 x 40 cm
© adam cope

ask about buying a print of this watercolour

dark yellow close up of a sunflwer in watercolour

‘Sunflowers III’
‘Sunflowers III’
24 x 32 cm.
Lana 220GMS
© The Artist.


sunflowers circa 1997 – Van Gogh 1889 – Who ‘owns’ subject matter?


Sunflowers 1

watercolour of a sunflower aspiring

‘sunflower 1’
25 x 32 cm
© adam cope


here comes a series of paintings of sunflowers.


William Blake : Ah! Sunflower

Ah! sunflower, weary of time,
Who countest the steps of the sun,
Seeking after that sweet golden clime
Where the traveller’s journey is done;

Where the youth pined away with desire,
And the pale virgin shrouded in snow,
Arise from their graves and aspire;
Where my sunflower wishes to go.

William Blake (1757-1827) P. 1793