I planted a white Dahlia in my garden this spring. This week I’ve been working on painting this lovely flower.
I sketched the flower in pencil first and then used a black micron pen size .02 to go over the pencil marks. I mix my gray color for this painting using burnt sienna light and aquamarine blue. The white flower has a lot of gray shadowing which I carefully painted with a round #2 brush.
Dahlia without a background
I am happy with this painting, but it left me wanting more color, so in the next painting I used bright pink and some purple around the flower which I thought would make the flower pop. What I found was that the very strong background seemed to overpower the delicate flower. Below is my next attempt with a softer light blue and purple background.
Although I like the background, I am happier with the actual flower in the first painting. I may have rushed a bit with this last painting. Oh well, this is a learning experience and I did have fun, which is what this is all about!
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