Dahlia with different backgrounds

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

Dahlia without a background color
Dahlia without a background color

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.

Dahlia with a background color
Dahlia with a background color

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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Happy Painting!!

Patty Anne

Pink Patio Flowers

This is watercolor painting #370 inspired by a picture I took while on vacation a few years ago. The pink patio had beautiful flowers and plants, it looked like a very nice spot to sit and have a cup of coffee and enjoy the morning sun.

Pink Patio Flowers
Pink Patio Flowers

Watercolor painting notes:
6×9 inch watercolor paper 140#
Daniel Smith and Winsor & Newton watercolors
Round #10, #6, and Rigger #0 watercolor brushes
Black Micron .03 and .01 pens

I bought a new set of black micron pens with various size tips and am having fun trying them out.

Happy Painting!

-Patty Anne-

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