Spring is in the air! Hot house Dahlias are now available, like this dreamy pink and white bloom, which I’ve just shot (October 2021).
It’s an exciting time as Dahlias have an exceptional form – a multitude of petals are arranged in amazing symmetry. Petal perfection!
And as well as their limitless form Dahlias have a spectacular colour palette too, ranging from delicate to vibrant colours.
Below see Dahlia blooms in soft pink, mauve and blush tones.
Currently Allium Interiors in Auckland stock two Dahlia Art Prints, featuring the stunning Café au Lait Dahlias in tones of blush and cream. Sometimes I photograph against rich dark to offset 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.