>Dahlias

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I finished this painting last week, but am only now getting around to posting it.

This painting was inspired by a bouquet of dahlias I bought from the Farmer’s Market in Burbank.  They were so vibrant and their petals reminded me of a watercolor painting, so I thought that I’d try it out.

The painting took a long time to draw the basic outline and to paint the first flower, but then it flowed together more easily after that.  Painting wise, I started first with the main flower, then painted the other magenta flowers, then I moved onto the red-orange flowers and painted all of those, then I painted all of the green stuff: the stems, leaves, etc.

I am really happy with how the vase turned out.  The vase I had the arrangement in is quite funky, so while I was painting it, I wasn’t sure if I would be able to capture the vase well enough so that the viewer  would understand the shape of the vase holding the arrangement.

Anyway, glad that the painting is finished (can have the dining room table back!), but the process reminded me that I am really out of shape when it comes to painting.  Sure, I can sit down and paint a relatively nice painting, but without the regular practice, my technique just looks too forced to me…not enough flow.  I’ve decided that in the desire to get back into shape, I will take a local watercolor class to make myself practice painting weekly.  I still have to sign up, but the class should start in the middle of September.

About jenny

Jennifer Smith Greene is originally from and lives currently in Burbank, California with her husband Gavin Greene. Jenny completed her undergraduate degree from Woodbury University in Graphic Design. She has worked as a graphics & web designer, both as an in-house and freelance designer. She also has completed a Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. She has worked as a hospital chaplain and in support roles in various churches. In her spare time, Jenny enjoys watercolor painting. She has taken classes and workshops under Joseph Stoddard, Tom Fong, Danny Gregory and Jane Friend. Additionally, Jenny is active in the community and volunteers her time on the Board of Family Promise of East San Fernando Valley, a social service nonprofit dedicated to helping homeless children and their families by providing shelter and support services to help the families find jobs and housing. Jenny enjoys reading (and highly recommends the site Goodreads), watching movies, playing softball and tennis and taking walks with her husband. Otherwise, Jenny is always curious to find out about those people who come to her site and would love to hear from you!
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6 Responses to >Dahlias

  1. Susan says:

    >Just beautiful!

  2. Jenny says:

    >Thank you!!

  3. Carrie says:

    >I really like the detail in this painting, I keep looking at it

  4. Charlene says:

    >I love dahlias! This turned out really pretty. I was excited by your first post to see what this would turn into. Good job!

  5. Jenny says:

    >Thank you! Typically I don't get them either, but this particular week they were really pretty.

  6. Mommy Tiff says:

    >At the farmer's market, I am not a fan of the dahlias but in your painting they are beautiful.

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