Purple dinnerplate dahlias sway before a multicolor striped field extending toward a quaint farmhouse on a forested horizon. An oil landscape of Swan Island Dahlia farm painted en pein air (on site) by Oregon impressionist, Talya Johnson.
Behind the Canvas
I was utterly awestruck the day I painted there. The magnitude of so much color was overflow to my senses. Imagine the honor of being able to paint at such a farm in the height of bloom on a clear warm morning! I was there right after the festival and was free to photograph some references while avoiding the crowds this wonder of the world attracts! Does life get any better?
The variety in the foreground of this painting, Boogie Nites, had unreal color. I've never seen such a color in nature. Somewhere between true magenta and warm violet, with the sun turning the tippie-tips the strongest pink I've ever seen. Dahlias are well suited to painterly abstraction, and I had a blast painting flowers at the festival.
This beautiful floral painting is a perfect addition to your home or office decor. Wall art or a gift of Tali's flower paintings is sure to bring summer cheer. Canvas art prints are available. If you want a little more texture, you can email me for information on commissioning an enhanced print.
May you always enjoy the intense beauty of the summer dahlia harvest!!! ~Tali
Other original paintings and flower art of Swan Island Dahlia Farm by Talya Johnson include:
To grow beautiful dahlias yourself, be sure to visit Swan Island Dahlias
Swan Island Dahlias
Swan Island Dahlias, has been in business for over 88 years. They are the largest and leading dahlia grower in the United States. They are located in the town of Canby, in the rich soil of the Willamette Valley of Oregon. The farm was originally located in Portland, Oregon, with some buildings on Swan Island, which is where the farm's name was derived from.
Swan Island Dahlias hybridizes new varieties of dahlia flowers, planting over 10,000 seedlings each year. From those original seedlings, it takes about 4 to 5 years to offer a new seedling for sale. Each season they introduce from 5 to 15 new varieties increasing their selection all the time. They grow over 360 varieties on 40 acres that are open to the public during blooming season, and host the largest dahlia festival in the United States featuring over 400 dahlia arrangements during the festival.