#4 in a series of ten oil paintings called “The Northwestern Flowers in Bottles Series.”
The dahlia in this painting is the only flower that came directly from my yard. I picked it just days before the first frost. It was part of a border of fuchsia and orange dahlias in my garden. I used to think these two colors clashed. Maybe they still do, but I personally love how they look together as flowers. This border bloomed with brilliance from June until October… that‘s my idea of a flower worth making room for.
I bought the bottle when I was on a trip to Florida with my good friend Debbie in 2002. She was going to visit her parents in Ft. Myers, and I invited myself to come along. We had a wonderful time together, doing not much of anything except enjoying thte 80 degree weather in March (not something you‘d normaly find in Milwauke.)