"Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year."
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sunday, February 9, 2014


I painted this today for a lesson for my class at Riverside Art Center.  This dahlia is from a photo taken by John Robinson from the website "Paint My Photo."

This painting is 9" x 12" and is painted on 140 lb. cold-pressed watercolor paper.  The pink is from my favorite pink color - Opera - from Holbein paints.

The focal point is, of course, the flower itself, and I tried to soften up the background so it wouldn't compete with the flower.


CrimsonLeaves said...

I love the colors in the petals, Barb!

Barb Sailor said...

Thanks, Sherry - all due to the beautiful "Opera!" from Holbein.

Donna Pierce-Clark said...


Yucky snow!!!

Gorgeous and I love the background too!!!
I could tell you softened it......love it, love it!!!!!!

Watercolors by Susan Roper said...

This is so vibrant, Barb! I, too, like Opera and hope it stays this bright for you in years to come. I use it hesitantly, though, since it can be fugitive. Love the tangles of stems and leaves. Very nice.

Barb Sailor said...

Hi Donna - I am so happy that this brightened your dreary snow day! LOL
I am so sick of snow!!! Hope you are well!

Barb Sailor said...

Hi Susan - I have heard that Opera can be fugative - I hesitate to sell any paintings that I use it in - BUT - for myself, I love it and it remains one of my favorites.
I am happy you like this!