“Sunflowers are something I feel very intensely. They look so wonderful when young and they are so very moving when they are dying. I don't like fields of sunflowers. I like them alone or, of course, painted by van Gogh.”
Sunflower IV by Joan Mitchell, 1969.

Remembered landscapes

My paintings are titled after they are finished. I paint from remembered landscapes that I carry with me – and remembered feelings of them, which of course become transformed. I could certainly never mirror nature. I would more like to paint what it leaves with me.

I dream of seeing Joan Mitchell’s sunflowers, one of them, some of them, some day. Until then…

Quote above from Joan Mitchell’s interview with John I. H. Baur in 1958. Quote on the caption from Joan Mitchell’s interview with Yves Michaud in 1986. Image of painting found via Pinterest.