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

Gates at Beduer

watercolour of old gates in sunlight

‘Gates at Beduer’
28 x 38 cm (approx 11 x 15 inches).
© adam cope


blues skies nothing but blue skies!
see how the green rises up to met the blue sky

Watercolour by Candle Light/value study

waterclour of a converstaion around a table at night time

‘Conversation by Candle Light’
38 x 25 cm
watercolour & watercolour pencil
© adam cope

… and now for the candlestick, of course 😉


monochrome value study watercolour of a candle stick

32 x 24 cm
watercolour value study
© adam cope

w & n neutral tint….


great for value studies in watercolour


Gnarled Old Vine Stocks

‘Les Cornes du Diable’ – Cahors A.O.C.
50 x 31 cm
© adam cope
Fields of gnarled old wine stocks. Archaic. Tormented.
These vine stocks (‘céps’) are pruned (‘La Taille’) in the mediterrean manner, much lower to the ground than the Atlantic manner, which is the widesest spread (‘Taille Guyot’)… This way of pruning is called ‘La Taille Gobelet’. I always felt they looked demonic, like the horns of some, crazed, demented Devil.
Strong early spring sunlight. The white isn’t snow but white chalk. In the Cahors Apellation the vines sometimes grow out almost pure rock.

‘Vignoble dans le Quercy Blanc’
30 x 40 cm
Oil on Panel
© adam cope

Roses at Beduer

‘Ronsard Roses at Beduer’
30 x 40cm (approx 12 x 16 inches).
© adam cope

Painted at Chateau de Beduer as a demonstation whilst teaching at Chateaux Painting Holidays, France . This old fashion rose is named after the French Renaissance poet Pierre de Ronsard (1524-1585)

Mignonne, allons voir si la rose

A Cassandre

Mignonne, allons voir si la rose
Qui ce matin avoit desclose
Sa robe de pourpre au Soleil,
A point perdu ceste vesprée
Les plis de sa robe pourprée,
Et son teint au vostre pareil.

Las ! voyez comme en peu d’espace,
Mignonne, elle a dessus la place
Las ! las ses beautez laissé cheoir !
Ô vrayment marastre Nature,
Puis qu’une telle fleur ne dure
Que du matin jusques au soir !

Donc, si vous me croyez, mignonne,
Tandis que vostre âge fleuronne
En sa plus verte nouveauté,
Cueillez, cueillez vostre jeunesse :
Comme à ceste fleur la vieillesse
Fera ternir vostre beauté.

Pierre de Ronsard (1524-1585)



30 x 40cm (approx 12 x 16 inches).
© adam cope


forest  landscape, no features, rolling hills
dordogne forest
near the Village de Constant

Night Time Watercolour of an Urban Scene

‘Sarlat – 2 Heure le Matin’
30 x 40cm (approx 12 x 16 inches).
© Adam Cope