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Another opening, another show

March 30th, 2006

A different view of an opening magnolia blossom from Descanso.
As part of an ongoing experiment with some art friends, I painted the background with Van Dyke brown watercolor, then scumbled some white gouache over top. When that was dry I drew the flower and stems and painted it with watercolor and gouache, and touched it up with a little colored pencil at the end.

I might go back and add the genus and species later, but maybe not. This was done mostly for practice.
I wish these magnolias bloomed all year. I just love, love, love them.

10 Comments »

  1. I am glad you are painting more of this magnolia

    Beautiful!

    Tried to leave a comment about the buds but blogger keept eating it.

    Comment by endment — March 30, 2006 @ 4:59 am
  2. Beautiful! I just love these flowers, too.

    Comment by Linda — March 30, 2006 @ 5:32 am
  3. Oh your magnolia took my breathe away…..and it really brought home that yes Deb Spring is coming to the midwest. Lovely thanks for sharing

    Comment by Deb — March 30, 2006 @ 7:39 am
  4. Absolutely beautiful. I was amazed to see the different things you used to get this beautiful effect! I get too narrow in my thinking and need to be more open like you. I also lovelovelove magnolia’s. I had one in Wisconsin and when I moved my daughter transplanted it to her house so I still get to see it.

    Comment by TeriC — March 30, 2006 @ 9:16 am
  5. Wow, Karen, that is really wonderful. I love the techique, I have never used gouche only transparent watercolors. Good job.

    Comment by Dianne — March 30, 2006 @ 9:41 am
  6. I love the background, it makes the magnolia look antique like. Beautiful…

    Comment by Ulla — March 30, 2006 @ 9:43 am
  7. Very interesting use of materials. The finished product speaks for itself. It is not only beautiful, it is interstiong. Jean

    Comment by Jean Mikulla — March 30, 2006 @ 2:54 pm
  8. Wow, Karen, another beauty. Love the color.

    Comment by Sioux — March 30, 2006 @ 5:57 pm
  9. Very impressive – I like the depth you’ve got looking into the bloom.

    Comment by Detlef — March 31, 2006 @ 1:42 am
  10. I love magnolias too. The ones at my house are just starting to bud so it will be awhile before they are as open as yours. I really like the background effect you did here.

    Comment by Carolyn — April 19, 2006 @ 3:59 pm

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