Saturday, 5 November 2011

A less precious dahlia


Day 5 of AEDM and back to cruisin' baby... so much so it was time to attack a goal. Now I'm not  a huge goal sort of person and have always been the smart arse who at any sort of workshop or professional development thing who always wrote my top goal as to not have any more goals ... and then sat there day dreaming about being someone else, but I actually have sort of set a goal or two lately.... a shocking fact I know , but it was time to come clean.

So back to it...the one thing I wanted to get to through this month long challenge was to work quicker and be a tad less precious  ... in most cases this is absolutely not an issue for me, but when it comes to anything Botanical I fall back to the old habits of carefully rendering and observing and I can almost feel the fun leeching out of my soul as I do it... but I am determined to attack some floral subjects without falling into that trap and this week Inspiration Avenue set their weekly challenge as Art Nouveau. I really really wanted to do some Dahlias, because they are just such insane flowers... like seriously hugely sci fi type insane blooms, and they loved them during the Art Nouveau period, but I could also see myself possibly needing a jug of margaritas to recover from what I would do to myself if I tried to complete it in time in my normal botanical style.

So I had a plan and started small with the little chrysan a thingy earlier in the week, and like with that I drew the dahlia blooms directly onto the paper in pen so I couldn't go back and spend the hours drawing and correcting that I would normally do. I then jumped in and used polychromos pencils for the blooms and my cheap little wheel watercolours for the leaves and stems and set a time limit for the colour work of just two hours... turned out pretty well in the end...not quite as loose as I would have liked, and maybe the leaves are  a bit ordinary, but I did it in under the normal brain boiling hours I would spend on a drawing like this so it is getting there...

Linking up with Artists in Blogland as well and if you aren't exhausted from all the AEDM pages, you should head over to there and to IA to check out some more!!!

43 comments:

Becca said...

So pretty!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I had to laugh at your take on this week's IA challenge not causing you to run to therapy. And I like that you are painting quicker and less rigid, whatever that means (since I don't paint/draw/sketch). Regardless, I love the dahlias. Never quite saw them as insane SciFi-like plants before, but now that you point it out, I will never look at dahlias the same way again. Way to go on this challenge and your great perspective.

Elin said...

The flower is beautiful, especially when you click on it so you can see all the details.

I have been reading through some of your older blogposts and I have to say that I really like the way you paint and write. You make me smile :)

- T.W - said...

Wow, this is really beautiful~
It looks a lot like an old illustration from botanic books, which I love so much!

// -T.W-

Mother Henna said...

Wonderful! I love your tea and sympathy piece, too! So glad I hopped over for AEDM! Looking forward to seeing more this month... Miracles! k-

B @ Sweet Limes said...

Glad I found you through AEDM, I'm going to go have a look around, your work is beautiful.

Stephanie Mealor Corder said...

I think we might have been sisters in another life- I tend to approach my flower paintings the same way with very tight attention to detail and color and perfection. Lately, I've been trying to loosen up in my work so I can REALLY appreciate what you mean when you say that you drew it in pen so you couldn't go back.....I LOVE this, you did an amazing job and I really like the plan you used, I may have to steal it in fact!
Hugs,
Stephanie

Gwen Hughes said...

Hi Tracey.
Thanks for your comment yesterday and yes I did finish my tea. No harm had come to it...
Your Dahlia is really beautiful and very detailed. I am an 'art' beginner and I am sure i will have much to learn and be inspired by, by following your blog. Lovely to have met you.
Gwen xx

Gwen Hughes said...

Hi Tracey.
Thanks for your comment yesterday and yes I did finish my tea. No harm had come to it...
Your Dahlia is really beautiful and very detailed. I am an 'art' beginner and I am sure i will have much to learn and be inspired by, by following your blog. Lovely to have met you.
Gwen xx

Serena said...

Great job, Tracey! Wonderful detail in the larger view too. :)

WrightStuff said...

It's so lovely! As you know, I've been painting my girls in a very loose style this week too. It makes it so much more fun and relaxing I think!

rajns (carolyn) said...

Amazing color gradients! A wonderful flower that is making me really miss my garden. Fall has just about ended all my blooms but spring will be here soon enough.

Terrie said...

Love your dahlia and the viney leaves that make it feel so art nouveau. You are so talented and this drawing is just the right mix of exacting but cautiously loose. Can't wait to see what else you have up your sleeve.

Joni Nickrent said...

Beautiful work...love your paintings!

Joanne said...

Absolutely beautiful

Magpie said...

So graceful! The curvy design in the stems and leaves is just right for the art nouveau challenge.

Janet said...

Just LOVE your work! Good for you for loosening up bit! Art should be fun!

Carol said...

This is great!! I love Dahlias but haven't drawn one or painted it because I always felt I would have to give them too much detailed attention. I may have to rethink this now :)

bohemiannie! art said...

Gorgeous Dahlia! Doesn't it feel great to push what you think are your limits?

Jennibellie said...

I love the composition of the Dahlia on the page, makes it so pleasing to the eye. It's so beautiful Tracey. So glad you're back to cruising lol much love Jennibellie xx

Debi From the Pacific Northwest said...

I LOVE Dahlias and this one is gorgeous! I adore the colors you used and the design with all of it's curves is so pretty! Yea for Day 5!!!

Amanda Trought said...

This is beautiful, so glad I stopped by, thank you for visiting my site. Looking forward to seeing more of your work.

Amanda

Amanda - Realityarts-Creativity
Art Blog

Julie Jordan Scott said...

Oh, I love this!! I have never heard of "Modern Botanicals" and as a (fairly newbie) naturalist... I love it!

So vivid and full of life + I am so glad your focus is different. Soul sucking never feels like art to me... I've learned from my own experience of that vacuum like feeling!

That Girl Designs said...

Wonderful rendering of a dahlia. One of my all time favorite flowers. Mine didn't bloom this summer due to the extreme heat here in central Texas. I was very sad they didn't. The year before, I had the most beautiful big purple flowers.

Bobbi Lewin said...

I love both your botanical and tea illustrations. They have such a fresh and happy feel to them.

Fallingladies said...

These are lovely...very carefree and loose!

Sharon said...

What a lovely flower. Love your illustrations. Thanks for the comment on my blog. I checked out Ann Swan too and I've added her book to my wish list :-)

Nigel said...

Your botanicals are beautiful, and I'm a sucker for Art Nouveau (& Art Deco) so this is a definite thumbs up :)

Judy Hartman said...

Perfectionism is highly over-rated - I have to tell myself that to get anything done!! I think your dahlia is superb!!

dandelionlady said...

I love your challenge to yourself to work in a freer style. Your work is beautiful but I can understand not wanting to put in hours to one piece. I never have a lot of time to put into a piece at one time, so I've learned how to work fast.

FLO said...

Hello Tracey, I really love the spirit of your art. The painting on the header of your blog is very lovely. (excuse my bad english!!)

MollyGirl said...

not even a bit ordinary. i can't believe you drew this all in pen. it's wonderful!

as for the 15 year old... i've already got one (well, soon to be 15!) and i'm not sure i could take another! although, maybe they would do a good job of diverting each other! :-)

Cat @ sea.sky.stone. said...

So pretty! I love dahlias--actually, love to photograph them, but have never been brave enough to try to draw or paint them.

Jen@small matters said...

I love your dahlia - so beautiful!

New End Studio said...

This is beautiful, like how the weight of the bloom makes the stem sag and curve. Now I'm seeing the sci fi, too.

giddy up said...

Visiting from AEDM, great post, love your artwork.

Gerri Herbst said...

Beautiful flower...Love your blog header. Thanks for visiting. Happy PPF!

Dorien said...

Hi Tracey,
thank you for your comment on my blogpost!
Have you ever heard of Sinterklaas?
It is a big thing here in the Netherlands!
All those treats and sweets are typically Dutch and specially made for this event! And they are so delicious! To much calories!!
Love your painting! What a beautiful Dahlias, I like the colours.
Well done!

BlackPumpkin said...

Lovely flowers! I wish I could draw something like that. :)

see you there! said...

Wonderful! You and I are on opposite ends of the scale - you want to loosen up and I often think by work is too loose - even unfinished.

Darla

Hettienne said...

wow! well done! an art nouveau botanical! I am amazed at everyone's creativity! I hope my challenge this week does not send you into therapy lol!

artangel said...

I love the style of this - the tightness of the bloom contrasts really well with the flowing leaves. Lovely!

Dosfishes at Sparkle Days Studios said...

Wonderful depth to your dahlias. Just love your header by the way! xox Corrine