Full Blown – Daily Painting

“Full Blown” 7″ x 11″ – watercolor on 140# paper

It’s not too late for the camellia show at Descanso Gardens, if you’ve been putting it off. There are still plenty of big blossoms in every range of white red and pink, and the azaleas at their feet are dazzling as well. And the tulips are up!

I was a painting fool this weekend. The more I painted the more I wanted to paint. I had some red paint left over from the tomatoes, and rather than see it go to waste I looked around through my recent flower files and found this camellia blossom, caught in the brilliant late afternoon sunlight. I can still imagine it hanging on the tree, moving slightly in the breeze.

I think I could paint something different from Descanso Gardens every day and not ever get bored. Do you have a place you feel that way about? Whether it’s a park or a garden or a part of the city that you call your artistic “home?”


  1. Jana Bouc
    March 19, 2007

    Wowee! This just glows with sunlight! I love the brilliant pinks and oranges and the way you describe the shape without overdoing it. I thought of you and your Descanso Gardens when I was watching the Apprentice last week and they were there for some reason. (Silly bad show but I can’t help watching.)

  2. lin
    March 19, 2007


  3. Annie
    March 19, 2007

    I love the way you have captured both the inward glow that a petal can have and the sunlight falling upon it.

  4. Sherie
    March 19, 2007

    Gorgeous, simply gorgeous!

  5. Kate (Cathy) Johnson
    March 19, 2007

    Oh my. That is so lovely I feel as if I’m sitting right by it, basking in the sun…

  6. teric
    March 19, 2007

    These flowers just glisten and glow!! Beautiful!

  7. Linda
    March 19, 2007

    Beautiful! I’m so glad you had that red left over from those tomatoes! :-D
    You know, I thought and thought about your last question. It’s funny — I really love the mountains where I live — REALLY LOVE them! But the place I’m most drawn to draw and paint is down on the Gulf Coast where my daughter lives. It’s like I can’t get enough of it. So, I know what you mean about having an “artistic home.” At least for now…

  8. wendy
    March 19, 2007

    So warm and beautiful. A lovely painting.
    Yes, there are places that you want to go back to time after time. Our Geelong Botanical Gardens is one place. Anlother is our Watefront. I”ve been crook this week and haven’t been out much. At last the cough is going and I can be human again!

  9. Karen
    March 19, 2007

    thanks all …

    Apprentice at Descanso? You sure? I’ve been watching because it’s in LA but I must have missed that. What were they selling?

    Mountains and coast, Linda … you have two retreats – that’s best of all!

    Wendy – botanical gardens are just the best, aren’t they? So much variety. Hope you feel better soon – I’ve still got this awful cough and semi sore throat. Does that mean I’m crook? I like that expression!

  10. margaret hunt
    March 19, 2007

    I thought the tomatoes were great but i think you have topped yourself..this one is superb…lovely wc…

  11. Christeen
    March 19, 2007

    I just love those gorgeous shots of orange throughout the petals- the sunlight is luscious!

  12. Katherine
    March 22, 2007

    Lovely lush colours and contrast Karen

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