Camellia Study

Camellia Study – 7.5″ x 6″ – watercolor on paper

It’s camellia season at Descanso Gardens again. Here’s a quick study I did of one of the countless blooms in the massive camellia forest.
Yesterday we went to the Irvine Museum to see the last day of the exhibit “Majestic California.” The museum will now be closed for a week while they hang their new show of paintings representing spring in California. All this nature viewing has me inspired to paint, paint, paint.

The colors used here were mostly thalo blue, new gamboge, opera, payne’s gray, and a few small touches of colored pencil in the stamen area.


  1. Jim
    January 14, 2007

    Flowers in bloom, already; so up here in Washington state, spring can’t be too far away, can it? Lovely watercolor.

  2. Linda
    January 14, 2007

    Camellias! And a whole garden full of them! Wondeful!

  3. Carol C.
    January 14, 2007

    Camellias!! Beautiful! Here in Western Washington we still have snow on the ground and temps below freezing…..spring feels very far away!!–Carol C.

  4. Katherine
    January 15, 2007

    I was just thinking at the weekend that I need to check out whether the camellias have started blooming in the gardens I visit where they are splendid. So nice to see a watercolour study of one.

  5. Brenda Yarborough
    January 15, 2007

    Beautiful colors for a beautiful bloom! I especially like the swirling look of the leaves – very reflective of the camellia blossom.

  6. Laura
    January 15, 2007

    Karen, we’re having a banner camellia season here, too, because of the mild winter. This sketch is luminous and gorgeous.

  7. Frank B.
    January 17, 2007

    Hi Karen,
    Your comments reminded me to stop by and once again be amazed with what your doing. Loved the Camellia but got really stopped with your “minature” oil. Very impressive!

  8. andrea
    January 18, 2007

    Beautiful colour.

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