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Pink Dogwood (Cornus florida)
The main flowering branch in this composition
was as I first saw it on the tree and not
positioned in the typically horizontal layering
found in most dogwoods but rather it provided
what I considered as an aerial view of the
action.  This inspired an image of a fascinating
dance, a concept promoted further once
realizing all elements within the flowers were set
in sequences of four.  The flower dance was
naturally unified and supported with the
diagonal element provided by its slender
radiating branches. The tiny yellow bell-like,
four-petal flowers (held within a domed, spiral
cluster in the center of each set of four large
pink petaloid sepals) were, at this early stage of
its flowering, still fresh and well formed – the
stage before most new leaves appear.  This
work beckoned for a background of unobtrusive
“shaded shapes” that mimicked the pink blooms
(in part) to create further interest and dimension
but I hasten to add that cast shadows they are
not and subtle suggestions of further three-
dimensional form within some of these grey
shapes can be realized only upon closer
viewing.  

Image area: 48.5x38.5 cm (19.5"x15")
Watercolor and color pencil on Fabriano Uno
watercolor paper.

This painting is
in the artist's collection
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Margaret Saul © 2005


Detail from
Pink Dogwood
by Margaret Saul