Tuesday, September 10, 2013

At the Dahlia Garden

Today my plein air group (PALS) met at the dahlia garden at the Bayard Cutting Arboretum in Great River. The dahlias were gorgeous...and they haven't even reached their peak yet. They should be around until October.

I don't usually do individual flowers, but I figured I would give it a go. It was hard to decide which one to pick as a subject since each one is so different. This is 5 x 7.

Here is the painting against the actual view, and a photo of me working on the painting.

Next I did an ATC sized (2.5 x 3.5) little painting of some dahlias.

Here are a few of the other artists at work.


(who I used as a model for my next painting)

This is 5 x 7.

Here I am working on the painting of Rosamaria.

Since the flowers will be in bloom for a while, I'm sure we will go back again.

Here are just a few photos of some of the gorgeous flowers.

See why I had such a hard time deciding which one to paint?


  1. Amazingly beautiful paintings, Joan! I wish I could have joined you -- those dahlias are stunning.

  2. As soon as I clicked on the title I knew I was in for a treat!!! There is something about you and flowers Joan. All these are lovely sketches, although the word "sketch" maybe under-sells the top picture of the pink dahlia. A beautiful, delicate and sensitive example of how to handle pink. Very well done!!!

  3. I like both pieces and the background on the flower piece is so wonderful. Love that you painted RosaMaria too. Looks awesome, Joan.

  4. A beautiful setting and I can see why you had a hard time choosing just one flower to paint. Excellent job on the dahlia! The sketch of the artist in the garden is also delightful. It's nice to see you in the midst of your painting, you are very concentrated and happy. Thank you for sharing so many photos of your day.

  5. Thanks, Tina. I had a good time there.

    Kevin - You are so kind. Thank you.

    Sherry - Thank you. We are going back next week so I'll get to do more.

    Celia - It is fun to take photos to record the day. It was a lot of fun. Thanks!

  6. Dear Joan - your dahlia is beautiful and I love the portrait of your friend too. It was wonderful to see you working and also your friends. Great art and such a lovely setting as well. I too would have had a hard time choosing which flower to paint. Looks like a perfect place to return. Take care and have a good day.

  7. Thanks, Debbie! We liked it so much we are going back again next week.

  8. Your painting of the dahlia is fab. Love the pictures of you and your friends painting too.

  9. These two flowers are beautiful, Joan! You did an amazing job on them!!! The painting of Rosamaria is wonderful!!!