“Dahlia Parent and Baby”

My first experience of growing dahlias, so far, has been a joy.  At the moment we are experiencing some night time temperatures here that are a little too close to frost for comfort this early in the autumn, not least for vulnerable plants.  In fact, I’ve heard it said that one frost can pretty much kill off dahlias.  I don’t know if that is true or not, but since this seems to be their time of year for coming into their own, I’d hate to lose them so soon.  The trick up my sleeve is that, because they are in pots, the pots simply go into the shed overnight and then come out again the next day, unless the weather is bad.  So I’m hoping this will preserve the dahlias a bit longer.  If they were in the ground I know they would have to face whatever came their way, but they have gotten used to being pampered a bit, what with trying to dodge any easterly winds and the like that have come this way at times in recent weeks.

Anyway, admiring their blooms as I do, the other week I did a drawing and a quick watercolour sketch of one of the blooms and a bud.  More recently, I used them to paint this acrylic painting.

Let’s hope the dahlias last a bit longer! 🙂

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Acrylic painting on a 5″ x 7″ canvas board.

“‘Music Box’ Sunflower”

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I was so excited to see the first of my “Music Box” sunflowers for this year flowering, in what I hope will be a trough of sunshine.  If the others come out onto flower, too, that is.  Even as it bowed in the wind and rain, and smiled again in the sunshine, it seemed to me it was begging to be captured for posterity.  So I thought I would get outside with my paints and try to do just that.

Acrylic painting on a 5″ x 7″ canvas board.

“Shady Time”

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I often enjoy painting reflections.  The added fun when painting this still life was trying to capture the different colours of the same items as seen through the shaded lenses of the sunglasses and not through them.  Just as well it was rainy so I didn’t need the sunglasses that day!! 😀

Acrylic painting on a 7″ x 5″ canvas board.

“Gone Potty”

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Earlier in the year I did a detailed drawing of an arrangement of empty flower pots.  I remember it well…it was January and dull and cloudy, and the thought of getting outside planting seeds and raising plants in warm spring sunshine seemed like a distant dream.  So there I was, drawing flower pots since that was the closest I could get to gardening at the time.  😀  Yet here we are, almost at the other end of this growing season, and I find myself book-ending it with more flower pot art!

Taking that same drawing, I have painted only a portion of it but using the original values.  However, instead of the rusty brown of the real pots, I decided to liven things up a bit with some brighter colours, just for fun.

Acrylic painting on a 5″ x 7″ canvas board.

“Fragrant Hearts”

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Ever since I was a little girl I have been fascinated by unusual and old-fashioned perfume bottles.  I remember seeing one that looked like an ornate lamp and another that was a glass Eiffel Tower, when I was a little girl.  Most of the time I think I liked the bottles more than the scents!  😀  So I thought I’d paint a picture of one I found, together with a little silver heart shaped bead.

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Acrylic painting on a 5″ x 7″ canvas board.

“A Spoonful of Pumpkin”

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I did wonder whether I might have found the world’s cutest pumpkin (see previous post)!  When you feel you have a treasure, you want to document it.  😉  So I thought I’d paint it.  Having assembled a composition I rather liked, I did a quick – very quick! – value sketch (as you can see above) and then put paintbrush to canvas.  The dessert spoon gives a slightly humourous indication of just how small the little pumpkin is.

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Acrylic painting on a 12″ x 9″ canvas.

A Very Cute Pumpkin

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As someone who was for many years a vegetarian who wasn’t all that keen on vegetables, I never expected to find myself referring to a vegetable as “cute”.  But the day has come.  Just look at the size of this little beauty next to the dessert spoon! 😀

There were a couple of obvious little pumpkins on my “Jack Be Little” plant, which I have been growing inside a large shopping bag filled with compost.  Several weeks ago I had already picked a small one like this.  With already finely formed ribs, this pumpkin had been as orange as this for a little while, maybe a couple of weeks (it’s hard to remember), and there was something about it as it hung from the prickly stem that made me think it just wasn’t going to grow any more.  I didn’t want to leave it on the plant to go bad.  To lose it would have seemed like such a waste after all this time, and if it meant it would be taking energy from the other pumpkin, despite not doing much itself, I guessed I ought to pick it, so I did.  The pumpkin still on the plant is a little larger than this and still a pale yellow at the moment.  It has increased in size each day the last few days, so I’m crossing everything that it will continue to survive, thrive and grow.

In the meantime, I’ll admire my very cute pumpkin, which incidently has also become the star of a still life painting I have done, and which will feature in my next post.

“Pink Mug, Yellow Cup”

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Surprise of surprises, I actually did some dusting!  Moving things about, as you do, while you’re clearing areas and cleaning shelves, I absent-mindedly stacked this pink mug  I was given, possibly when I was a toddler, inside this yellow cup  I had when I was a little older.  Neither were breakable and both were presents and so have sentimental value, even though I don’t use them anymore.  Seeing them together, I was suddenly struck by their colour combination.  So, draping a beaded necklace over them, I thought I’d paint the lot!

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Acrylic painting on a 5″ x 7″ canvas board.