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Camellia Study

January 14th, 2007

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.

10 Comments »

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

    Comment by Jim — January 14, 2007 @ 1:16 pm
  2. Camellias! And a whole garden full of them! Wondeful!

    Comment by Linda — January 14, 2007 @ 5:37 pm
  3. Camellias!! Beautiful! Here in Western Washington we still have snow on the ground and temps below freezing…..spring feels very far away!!–Carol C.

    Comment by Carol C. — January 14, 2007 @ 8:13 pm
  4. 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.

    Comment by Katherine — January 15, 2007 @ 1:52 am
  5. Beautiful colors for a beautiful bloom! I especially like the swirling look of the leaves – very reflective of the camellia blossom.

    Comment by Brenda Yarborough — January 15, 2007 @ 9:00 am
  6. What beautiful colors, and one of my favorite flowers. Thanks for posting this, I won’t be seeing any in my garden for awhile!

    Comment by Casey — January 15, 2007 @ 9:22 am
  7. YUM, that is gorgeous! We’re far from springlike here…

    Comment by Kate (Cathy) Johnson — January 15, 2007 @ 9:32 am
  8. Karen, we’re having a banner camellia season here, too, because of the mild winter. This sketch is luminous and gorgeous.

    Comment by Laura — January 15, 2007 @ 3:51 pm
  9. 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!
    Frank

    Comment by Frank B. — January 17, 2007 @ 10:13 pm
  10. Beautiful colour.

    Comment by andrea — January 18, 2007 @ 7:02 pm

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