Dahlias are the quintessential flower of Summer. They have a multitude of petals arranged in amazing symmetry. With such petal perfection they are photographer’s dream.
And as well as their limitless form Dahlias have a spectacular colour palette too, ranging from delicate to vibrant colours. For a more contemporary look, Dahlia montages, with any coloured background are fun.
Cafe au Lait (below) blooms in varying tones of blush, pinks and mauves.
Currently Allium Interiors in Auckland stock two Dahlia Art Prints, featuring the stunning Café au Lait Dahlias in tones of blush and cream. See below.
Shooting against a rich dark background, offsets subtle variations in tone. The three blooms are back-dropped by the leaves of our native Kawakawa which have an interesting heart-shape. Subtle details help to build the picture.
Summer is coming! Look out for Dahlias blooming in flamboyant hot oranges and reds! Once considered garish such brightly coloured blooms are now fashionable.
Pom Pom Dahlias
Not all Dahlias are “show girls”! I do like the compact form of these much smaller blooms in this painting by Australian artist, Nora Heysen. The vibrant flowers burst from the dark vase in a kaleidoscope of clear colours : yellows, pinks, reds and mauves. The petal arrangement is typically compact and symmetrical.
Pom Pom Dahlias – 1947
As well as her still life flower paintings, Nora Heysen was an accomplished portrait painter. In 1938, she was the first woman to win the Archiblad Prize, with her portrait of Madame Elink Schuurman.