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

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