I love Dahlias! Funny thing is, I'd never even heard of Dahlias before moving to Seattle, but I quickly fell in love with the bright, big, spiky blooms and their extravagant colors. Gladiolas may be the 'official' August birth flower, but I've decided to trade them in for Dahlias. Done!
Last month, I'd decided my next Happy Fish would feature flowers. Fast forward to September and I'd still made no significant progress. Nothing seemed right. Then I spied these beauties for sale at a corner grocery on the first day of the bead retreat. I walked by them three times before deciding I had to have them. They reminded me of the quinacridone pigments which make up some of my favorite red, orange and violet paints. Such rich, luscious color! The Dahlias' color and the shapes of their petals inspired my newest Happy Fish.
I call her Dali....
|Dali's under-sketch with artist pens|
|Here she is in all her finery, happily posing for the camera|