I painted this sunflower image specifically to raise money for the Ukrainians. I'll donate 50% of my profits from this piece (prints, cards, and original painting) to a combination of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the World Central Kitchen (this will be noted on the back of each card).
In working on this piece, I came across so many interesting factoids - more than I could fit into the composition!
Sunflowers were first imported from North America to Ukraine in the 1800s. At present, Ukraine is the world's biggest producer and exporter of sunflower oil and sunflower seeds.
Sunflowers are divided into 3 general groups: short, tall, and colored.
The most fascinating thing I learned about sunflowers was their use in phytoremediation, the process of using plants to remove harmful toxins from our soil, water, and/or air. Sunflowers have been planted around Chernobyl, in order to help clean up the cesium and strontium contaminants! Amazing.
Sunflowers in Ukraine - Blank Card
A blank card of my original illustration. Keep a few on hand for whenever you need to send a handwritten "thanks," "happy birthday," or "hang in there" note! :)
What you'll get:
• One A2 card (5.5" x 4.25")
• Blank inside
• Giclee-quality - I print and assemble everything, using an Epson printer with archival inks on matte card stock.
• Paired with a Kraft Envelope
• Packaged in a clear cello sleeve