On one side of the Dollhouse in Hopeland Gardens there is some Daphne up next to the house and then an open area with some sitting benches. Beyond that is a patio with some flower pots placed around the outside edges. I’m not sure who updates the flowers in the pots (it could be the grounds keepers or perhaps it is the Aiken Garden Club), but I’ve been able to create some nice work from that area including the Dahlia below and the macro pansies from my four-part post.
I was initially attracted to the Dahlia in my Succulent piece by the colors and shapes. I was close enough to eliminate most of the flower identification cues thereby creating an abstract composition by reducing it to colors and lines. I like how the edges of the petals form arcs that curve and sweep up and out. Their round qualities provide a sense of softness and calm while the sharpness of the tips add just a bit of tension. The high level of detail allows individual pieces of pollen and surface texture to be seen.
My Color Portals piece is close to being a horizontal companion to Succulent, but the distance from the subject changed enough to where the petals now fill the frame. That makes this composition a bit more abstract since there is no longer even a hint of the background. The high level of detail allows hairs and surface texture to be visible here as well.