Camellia Blossom – Karen Winters Daily Painting

Camellia Blossom – 11 x 14 oil on canvas

Camellias bloom in Los Angeles anytime from November to spring, depending upon the species. These are the first in a botanical series which I’m starting work on. There was a certain learning curve as I worked to render the delicacy of the petals. I’m used to painting camellias in watercolor, but it’s quite different in oil. To do the finish on this I was using sable brushes as small as size 0.

There is nothing like trying something new, whether it’s an entirely different subject, different style, different medium or different species to force yourself to GROW. Each painting is like a puzzle to be solved and only you can solve it.

Closeup of big blossom – click to enlarge


  1. Casey
    February 5, 2008

    A beautiful rendering of one of my favorite flowers. I love the way you’ve captured the intense green of those shiny leaves.

  2. wendy
    February 5, 2008

    It’s a beautiful flower and you have given it grace. Must be hard to do in oil paint but you have succeeded.

  3. Jenny
    February 5, 2008

    Beautifully rendered! Of course, I’m partial to pink, but it’s even better when you paint with pink.

  4. Starr
    February 5, 2008

    Hi Karen. Great painting as always. You have mastery in more than one medium – that is a given, and I always enjoy your work. Now, question – how did you scan in an oil already? Is it a digital photo? I am curious since I may start to do small oils again and don’t know how to post them. I’d really appreciate your feedback. Oh – and pink – and camellias – are favorites with me, too! These are glorious!

  5. Rob Burkhard
    February 6, 2008

    Very nice painting. It is very simple, yet conveys so much detail and feeling. Your skill with the oil paint is fabulous.

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