Tag Archives: Botanical Drawings – Michaela Harlow

Peonies, Early White

 Peonies, Early White, 2015 – Graphite Pencil, Charcoal and Chalk Pastel on 14″ x 10.5″ Paper

After working these botanical ideas for a little more than a week, I feel ready to move up in scale and loosen the approach even further. The complexity, diversity and symbolic power of flowers in art is fascinating to me at the moment.

At the moment I am particularly inspired by some of the sculptural installations —work by Regine Ramseier and Rebecca Louise Law and other three-dimensional artists— that I’ve explored online and would like to experience in person.

This Week’s Review

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Spider Dahlias

 Spider Dahlias, 2015 – Graphite Pencil, Chalk Pastel & Charcoal on 14″ x 10.5″ Paper

Dahlias and their close cousins, Chrysanthemums, are the peonies of late summer: big, bold, bodacious beauties. I have my favorites, of course. I prefer subtle hues paired with wild forms. Dark, velvety maroon always seduces my eye, but I am equally smitten by the pale, spiked petals of Spider Dahlias.

Andy Warhol had his way with Dahlias. So did Mondrian. Both have been whispering in my ear.

Shadow and Light on Spiky Petals. Dreaming Large. Sketching Small

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