Summer has officially ended, but dahlias are one of the late summer flowers that keep blooming and make our gardens bright and colourful until late autumn. Although this dahlia is not as bright as most others, the mixture of its subtle and striking colours makes it look exquisite to my eyes.
Autumn is leaving soon, but I will always remember the vibrant colours it brings every year. Cherry trees are among those that contribute to the autumn colour spectrum, and here is a close up drawing of the cheerful looking leaves which I really love.
In this drawing, I use the Gaussian Blur effect on the leaves at the back to create a sense of depth.
Dahlias may not be as popular as roses, but to me they are among the stars of summer.
I have been growing this delightful pink dahlia for three years now, and it has never disappointed me. As long as I keep dead heading, it continues to flower throughout the summer and into autumn until the first frost. The leaves then turn brown and die out but if I keep the tuber and plant it again next spring, it will come out and flower again in the summer.
I can see this maple tree from my window everyday. I was fascinated by the spectrum of colours it displayed over the last two months. It seems to change colour every couple of days. This reminds me of how quickly time passes, and time waits for no one, not even trees! And of course, by the time I finished this drawing all the leaves have fallen.
Pictured below are close ups of some of the leaves I used in the drawing above: