Sketch Diaries: Two Dahlia Studies

“I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.”–Claude Monet

(p. 60, Flowers: Chic & Cheap, by Carlos Mota)

Flowers are inspiring not only because of their color, but because of their interesting shapes. I spent part of my morning happily thinking up ways that I was going to try to paint a flower; the dahlia. I like studying them. My favorite part is how the multitude of lush petals play with the light in different ways throughout the day, like stain glass with varied opacities and transparencies…

Dahlia_BurgundyAndWhite

Burgundy And White

Yellow and Pink Dahlia

Yellow and Pink

5″x7″ watercolor, water soluble pastel painting from Rachel Heu’s Sketch Diaries: Burgundy and White Dahlia; 5″x7″ watercolor, water soluble pastel painting of yellow and pink dahlia from Rachel Heu’s Sketch Diaries.

About Rachel Heu

"Creativity is an act of defiance. You're challenging the status quo. You're questioning accepted truths and principles. You're asking three universal questions that mock conventional wisdom: Why do I have to obey the rules? Why can't I be different? Why can't I do it my way?" --Twyla Tharp, The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It For Life (pg. 133)
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4 Responses to Sketch Diaries: Two Dahlia Studies

  1. Betty says:

    mary says there is a beautiful dahlia garden at Point Defiance. Love your art. It makes me happy.

  2. Irene Lake says:

    very nice. I look forward every day to your art.

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