daily painting | dahlias

The urban farm around the corner has lush and colorful green goodies growing outside its front gate and it’s fun to drive by and see what new blossoms have recently popped. These plate-sized dahlias were a knock-out, and frankly hard to capture with watercolor (at least for me); they are so full and blowsy and I mean that in a good way. They remind me of fireworks. I used a number of my acrylic pens to add bits of color to lighten up the piece as it was a bit dense; I really wanted to capture how uncontrolled they look. Like free-thinkers. I think I’ll drive by slowly again today to see if anything new has bloomed lately in the sidewalk containers. [WOOT! It’s Kamala, our local dynamo! Great choice, Joe.]

8″ x 10″ watercolor, pen, acrylic ink on paper = $100