Pink Magnolia painting – Huntington Gardens Art – Karen Winters

Pink Magnolia – Huntington Gardens
16 x 20 oil on canvas

This is another new painting I’m taking to the Huntington for Art Matters (see yesterday’s post for information on the event this coming weekend.

In the spring, the Huntington magnolias are a sight to behold. Their delicacy reminds me of the inside of pink conch shells. They are the very emblem of the new season. My objective in this painting was to focus on one unfolding blossom – a plant portrait, so to speak. By using different edge softness and manipulating color it was my goal to make the bloom look as though it was 3D, breaking through the picture plane, enticing the viewer to draw closer.

One of these days I’m going to have to get a small pink magnolia for our garden. We used to have a huge tree that bore white blossoms, but it died due to an oak fungus that must have been dormant in the soil.

So, magnolias are very dear to my heart. I hope this one will go to another magnolia lover.


  1. E-J
    April 29, 2008

    Another beauty! This one’s so delicate. There’s a magnolia tree in my parents’ garden at the house where I grew up … I love these flowers too.

  2. Tami
    April 30, 2008

    You accomplished what you set out to do, I think. It does invite the viewer in and pop out at you. I love the soft tones against the deep dark background! These are my favorite trees.

  3. ashley
    July 27, 2008

    Wow, Karen love your work. Magnolia’s are hard to pull off especially in watercolor. Also curious where the ‘Huntington’ is. Will be searching your work out more.


  4. Karen
    July 28, 2008

    Ashley – the Huntington is Huntington Botanical Gardens in San Marino CA

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