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Sunflower Painting in Kentucky – August 22-25, 2013

Besler Sunflower


Academy Summer Workshop in Lexington, Kentucky

with Olivia Braida and Leslie Ramsey

August 22, 23, 24, 25, 2013

10am to 4:30pm

Sunflowers are considered the happiest of flowers.  Their meaning is symbolic of spiritual faith, and worship because we follow our belief system as the sunflower moves to face the life-giving rays of the sun.

The sunflower is the Greek symbol of Clytie (a water nymph) who turns into a sunflower after grieving over the loss of her love Apollo. Clytie (as sunflower) always faces the sun, watching for the return of Apollo’s chariot so she can be joined again with her love.

In Chinese symbolism,  the sunflower is the symbol of happiness as it refers to long life, good luck .

In esoteric Christianity, the sunflower is a symbol of God’s love. Its reference to sun, and therefore light, is the message that following with faith in this light, the soul can attain its highest spiritual level.

 Join me in Kentucky this August and find happiness in painting a sunflower.

God bless. OM


To Register, Call Leslie Ramsey (606) 434-4280


Park Plaza, 120 East Main Street, Phoenix Suite,

Lexington, Kentucky

5 Responses to “Sunflower Painting in Kentucky – August 22-25, 2013”

  1. eda easton says:

    you are my sweet sunflower

  2. Kathy East says:

    I would like to know what the cost is for the 4 day sunflower painting workshop. Thank you!

  3. deb ver hulst-norris says:

    greetings, I have worked w/Olivia in the past at Selby gardens, I would love to attend the workshop in Kentucky. however in the previous class we worked w/ a grid which was most difficult for me! I am wondering if the instruction is still that way? please can you forward me a class iteniary? thanks so very much! deb

    • admin says:

      Hello Deb, you are most welcome to join. You do not need to work on the grid. You are free to work on your own drawing of the Sunflower, or work from copies of master works. You can draw, paint, or use colored pencil. As for the syllabus of the course we will learn techniques used by the French Court Masters by creating a portrait of the Sunflower. Did you have something else in mind? Let me know by contacting me directly through my email: Thank you. Olivia