Tag Archives: Spider Dahlias – Michaela Harlow – Graphite Pencil / Charcoal / Chalk Pastel on Paper

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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