Magnolia Flowers – Huntington Gardens Oil Painting by Karen Winters

“White Magnolias” 16 x 20 oil on canvas
SOLD at the Art Matters show

The moment I saw these beauties at the Huntington Gardens and Library, I just knew that I had to paint them. They were luminous in the morning light – exactly the kind of subject matter that excites me. This will be one of the paintings that I am bringing to the Art Matters show, which opens this Friday night, May 2 at the Huntington in San Marino. Friday night is a special ticketed event. The show will be open to the general public with gardens admission on Saturday and Sunday. This is also a lot “tighter” than many of the paintings I’ve been doing of late, but the subject matter seemed to require it. I have another botanical which will be there for the show and I’ll post it soon, along with some other paintings.

Last Saturday night I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the Gold Medal show of the California Art Club at the Pasadena Museum of California Art. What an exquisite treat to be around such beautiful works. I will be returning many many times in the next few weeks to savor the show while it is still hanging. A number of my painter friends have works in the show. Almost everyone who attended said it was the best one ever.


  1. teric
    April 28, 2008

    OMG!! these are just GORGEOUS!! They are beyond luminous…….stunning!!

  2. PainterWoman
    April 28, 2008

    Beautiful. Say hi to Pasadena for me!!

  3. Ujwala
    April 28, 2008

    Fabulous! The composition as well as the painting.

  4. PamYla
    April 28, 2008

    Wow this would be beautiful in my living room!

  5. shelly mcc
    April 29, 2008

    This is a stunning piece!! Great light!

  6. lin
    April 29, 2008

    Karen — these are stunning!! The light just renders the entire piece translucent!!!

    Great good luck with your show — your watercolors and oils have come so far since I first met you 3 years ago — what a glorious collection of work you’ve done!! BRAVA!

  7. Dar Presto
    April 29, 2008

    this is incredibly beautiful. glorious light.

  8. Donn
    April 29, 2008

    OUTSTANDING, Karen. A beautiful painting so well done. We have 3 of these trees in our yard, but different type of blossoms.

  9. Casey
    April 29, 2008

    This is quite amazing, Karen. Very close to perfection.

  10. E-J
    April 29, 2008

    The “focus” you’ve achieved on these blooms is marvellous, Karen. The background has plenty of interest but is blurred just enough not to distract the eye.

  11. Carolyn
    May 10, 2008

    I love this painting! Probably because it reminds me of something I would do…

  12. Flower
    December 20, 2008

    Lovely painting! For a moment there, I thought it was a photo.

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