This is actually the story of a commission. A sweet friend wanted to show me her bedspread which had pink dahlias on it to get an inspiration for a commissioned painting for her. I visited her, took some pictures of the bedspread and noted that her walls were a soft, peaceful, muted green.
I wasn't very sure about how to paint dahlias, much less what medium would work best, so I spent a day playing in acrylics, watercolors and oils.
The finished piece was mediocre, I thought, so I went looking for inspiration.
I have loved my few attempts at painting glass, so after seeing an arrangement in a rectangular glass vase, I began on a square 20"x20" canvas.
When your palette is pleasing, then you know your painting has a chance to work. I had a lot of fun mixing gray-greens and gray-blues for this painting.
|Pink Dahlias Oil on Canvas Palette Knife 20"x20"|
I hope you have enjoyed following the process. I love and appreciate your comments. I was pleased and my client was pleased. Sometimes, it just takes a little time to play.