Art Journal: The Kate Dahlia

Welcome to my art journal, where I write about my drawings and how my little garden, the fields and woodlands close to my home and the seasons influence my art practice.

My art time in March was spent immersed in the intensive drawing of a Cafe au Lait Dahlia. My friend Kate very kindly gave me permission to use one of her photographs as a reference and the depth of colour I was able to perceive within each petal is testament to her incredible talent, both in the growing and photography of dahlias. You can see more of her work here.

Each petal took approximately an hour to create and I found it very different to the shaping of my previous rose design. The rose has gentle swirls, whereas the dahlia seemed to form spikes of colour, like flickering ivory flames.

Below is the day-by-day creation of the full flower. Choosing where to start is difficult and I ended up treating the dahlia like a clock face and slowly working my way around.

The finished design has now been added to my little art shop and below is the wall canvas, on a forest green background.

I am currently working on a Peony, which I am finding so very different again! Drawing flowers in such detail has given me a chance to appreciate them in a way I could never do in a glance or from a distance.

Visit the Dahlia Collection at Tiny Potager Shop

For Commissions email: tinypotager@hotmail.com

23 Comments Add yours

  1. John says:

    These are beautiful, great work! O like seeing them on IG too. 🌺🇬🇧

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    1. Thank you! It was a complete joy to draw and I love your daily-life-in-Vegas photography 😃

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      1. John says:

        You’re welcome, and thanks very much my friend! ❤️🇬🇧

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    1. Thank you Laurie 🤗🤍

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  2. Vicki says:

    Beautiful artwork. You are very talented, both in writing and art.

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    1. Thank you so much Vicki 🤍 It’s so lovely to hear from you and I hope all is well x

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  3. Nice to see you again. What a glorious thing you’ve created!

    janet

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    1. Thank you very much! It’s so nice to be back with my lovely WP friends 🤗 🤍

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    1. Thank you Sherry! ✨

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    1. Thank you Tierney 🤗🤍 I hope all is well with you xx

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  4. You are far more patient (to say nothing of talented) than I could ever be. How long did it take you to paint the dahlia? I had to look very closely to see the difference between the painted and photographed flower, it’s not immediately obvious, at least not to my eyes.

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    1. Hi Tanja 🤍 Thank you very much, that’s really kind. The flower paintings take me around 30-40 hours x I spend 1-2 hours a day in the very early mornings – I listen to an audiobook or music and honestly the time flies by so fast! 🙂

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  5. Beautiful inspiration

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    1. Thank you very much x

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  6. dprastka says:

    WOW! Very talented with your art work! So very beautiful and it is so cool how you took photos of your progress. Thank you for sharing, very inspiring too! 😀 ~ Diana

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    1. Thank you very much Diana ✨

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  7. What a process but I can hear the joy you derive from your art!

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    1. Thank you – I love reading other people’s art processes, so thought maybe I should write about mine too as I go along xxx

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      1. You’re welcome! Keep going and I wish I had something special coming up to commission your art.

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        1. Thank you for such lovely words, I hope you have a wonderful day xxx

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