I live in Kansas where the sunflower is the state flower. We have been here for almost 30 years and just a few years ago, I discovered a sunflower farm not far from where we live. It is a destination for many, including those who like to take annual family photos and mark the time in terms of years or the seasonal arrival of fall.
I found the back of the sunflowers to be just as interesting as the front and the bug was an added bonus. The bug is a Goldenrod Soldier Beetle (Chauliognathus pensylvanicus), or leatherwing.
Technique: The piece is put together using a freezer paper, turned-edge appliqué method. The appliqué is stitched by machine using a monofilament thread. Prismacolor pencils were used to add shadows and highlights.