The actual Fred Martin Begonia is primarily a peachy light orange toned begonia. I've used other colours to emphasise the shadows in the tones and to try to capture the spirit and energy of the flower rather than its form in any sort of botanical realism. Well, really, I just wanted to make it more colourful ! I did try to keep and overall base feeling of peach tones.
I enjoy painting the begonias in macro style, as the petals are so large and lush they just invite you to delve in and examine them in more minute detail. The close up inspection invites an abstract quality to the lines. Begonias are really beautiful and one of my favourite species of flower.
Dahlias are bushy perennial plants native to Mexico - in fact they are the national flower of Mexico. They are predominantly found in Mexico, Central and South America.. They are found mainly in mountain ranges and grow naturally in climates that do not experience frost, but have plenty of sunlight. There are nine different flower types, each characterised by different petal structures and formations.
I find Dahlia flowers fascinating to paint. The petal structure is so intricate and beautiful. A lot of the modern macro photography of the Dahlia flowers have really influenced my macro style of painting them. The Dahlia painting on the upper left was one of my earlier paintings - I quite like the off centre section approach to painting in macro style - it leaves your imagination to fill in the space around the flower to envision the whole flower from just a section. All three Dahlia paintings took the longest to paint out of all the different flower styles I have painted due to the detail involved in each petal. They are very popular flowers of mine and the originals all sold very quickly. They are all available as poster prints or canvases. You can click on the pictures for more details.
Below - some examples of the styles of macro photography that have influenced my Dahlia paintings.
Sacha Grossel is a practising Visual Artist from Australia.