The ornament is hand-painted on the inside of the hand-blown glass bulb with oil paint using the “Reverse Painting” technique. The foreground is painted first and the background is applied last. All the painting is done from the inside through the hole at the top of a glass ball using special narrow brushes. There are several layers of paint applied to achieve the effect of depth. The card explaining the technique is included.
The ornament is 4x4 inches large round shape.
It is sealed with a matching glass cap and an adjustable gold tassel on a top that allows for display on a Christmas tree or a decorative stand.
It is packaged in a red velvet gift box with satin-lined inside.
Sunflowers - Van Gogh
Van Gogh's famous Sunflowersd are painted all the way around on the inside of a glass ornament.
In the south of France in 1888, Van Gogh painted a series of sunflowers with the intention to give as a gift to his friend Paul Gauguin. This version of the sunflowers, currently hanging in London’s National Gallery, show 15 sunflowers erupting out of a simple earthenware pot against a blazing yellow background. Some of the flowers are fresh and perky, ringed with halos of flame-like petals. Others are going to seed and have begun to droop.
He began painting sunflowers to brighten up the whitewashed interiors of the yellow house. He was at the height of his powers in the summer of 1888. Van Gogh told his brother Theo: “While other artists were known for painting particular flowers such as peonies and hollyhocks, “the sunflower is mine”. I use colour more in order to express myself forcefully.” This emotional, subjective use of colour would prove enormously influential on modern art, and continues to speak directly to people today.
This ornament is a true collector's item. A beautiful display piece and a lovely present to an art lover. It will look great on a stand displayed separately on a mental or bookshelf.