Fifth painting of this subject. Had difficulty with the yellow parts, had to do a few layers to get the correct look. A lot of hard work.
Decided to use a dark background, because the star shapes of the dahlia flowers are reminiscent of stars and so the overall piece is like a constellation in the night sky.
This is the third painting I’ve done on this subject. The background is actually dark green rather than black. These briar leaves were the first ones I found when I was walking in Rostellan Wood, which is the same place that I sourced the briar leaves used in the first two paintings.