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Magnolia Glow – Daily Painting

March 19th, 2007

Magnolia Glow – 7 x 11″ watercolor. SOLD.

Although this painting is sold see more of my floral and botanical paintings here

Every year I wait for the magnolias to come into bloom at Descanso. The tulips burst open at the same time, which seems fitting. The downy buds thrust up, covered with a soft casing that seems like velvet or suede. Eventually it begins to show color. This is usually about the time that a rainstorm threatens to spoil the blooms. But, with luck, the tight buds will make it through the showers, to open fully on a warm day. From this tight urn-shaped form they will expand gracefully, the petals laying back in ecstasy. The colors are more subtle in the shade, but I like them best in early morning or very late afternoon, when a slanting ray causes the white of the petals to glow with a hot inner fire.

In this case, the flower was painted first, in general terms. Then the background was added to gauge the contrast. Finally, I went back and added the final color accents to the bloom. I rather like the trapped negative space between the stem and the leaf – it reminds me of certain art nouveau motifs.

11 Comments »

  1. Your magnolia is beautiful. You’ve really captured that glow!
    Ronell

    Comment by Ronell — March 20, 2007 @ 12:30 am
  2. Absultely beautiful Karen. I love the contrast of the flower against the dark background, We are weeks away from our magnolia blooms in icy, snowy Central Park, New York.

    Comment by Shirley — March 20, 2007 @ 2:55 am
  3. Oh mY gosh, this is my new favorite! It is just stunning and sparkling and alive! Gorgeous.

    Comment by teric — March 20, 2007 @ 7:42 am
  4. Oh gosh! The light in this is so bright! Absolutely lovely.

    Comment by jules — March 20, 2007 @ 10:43 am
  5. This is amazing – I love the contrast of the delicate flower and that stunning dark background; I wait for the magnolias every Spring- thanks for doing this!

    Comment by Casey — March 20, 2007 @ 1:37 pm
  6. Wow — it really does glow!

    Comment by Linda — March 20, 2007 @ 2:54 pm
  7. WOW, Karen!! Others have said it, but I must repeat. . . it truly DOES GLOW!! Gorgeous, yummy and rich color against that white!! Very effective.

    Comment by Brenda Yarborough — March 20, 2007 @ 6:53 pm
  8. I am really loving your sunstruck flower series! This is just lovely, the perfect balance of detail and bold, simple areas.

    Comment by Kate (Cathy) Johnson — March 21, 2007 @ 6:44 am
  9. I can’t put it better than Kate – sunstruck – that’s perfect. They are absolutely lovely, Karen. The magnolias are blooming here and I’m trying to work out how I can jam another tree into our garden!

    Comment by Robyn — March 21, 2007 @ 9:53 am
  10. this is very beautiful Karen…Im sure there are lots of lovely flowers blooming over there now
    Happy Spring!

    Comment by Anastasia — March 21, 2007 @ 2:00 pm
  11. Stunning and so fresh! Just lovely.

    Comment by Jana Bouc — March 22, 2007 @ 7:23 am

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