Small sample watercolour on clay panel experiment - testing limits and potential with materials for Kingsbrae "Seeds of Change" project starting with a monochrome palette. This is connected to other current work because of the interest in researching plant symbolism and resilient survivors in both forest and garden.
The white dahlia symbolizes inner strength, grace, commitment and focus, even under challenging living conditions.
Late in the season, many of the blooms on this giant white dahlia hang heavy from bent or broken stems after rain and frost. Dahlia stay beautiful even after most plants in the garden are gone, but they cannot actually survive a full Canadian winter in the ground. We care for them by digging up the tubers and storing them indoors until spring.
Nov 22, this little painting was included in a fundraiser for the Lake Country Public Art Gallery. The original sold on the weekend, but the scanned image may still be used for a Language of Flowers printed collection next spring. This series will include non-invasive cultivated garden favourites as well as wild native plants from B.C.