Tulip Magnolia – Karen Winters Daily Painting

Tulip Magnolia – 7.25 x 7.25 inches – watercolor

The magnolias have arrived in all their glory. A procession of bloom should follow for a month or so, so I’m going to make the most of it while I can. In some parts of town the trees are in full bloom, while in other microclimates the trees still have bare sticks with only the slightest hint of bud swelling. And although it’s confusing to me how that happens, it only means that the bloom will last longer. Perhaps it has to do with differences of species, I don’t know.


  1. Laurel Neustadter
    February 9, 2008

    Very beautiful! I love the colors and freshness of this piece.

  2. E-J
    February 9, 2008

    Lovely darks and lights here, and such a simple approach. Magnolia makes an irresistible sketching subject. They’re so graceful.

  3. Molly Jean Henson
    February 9, 2008

    very lovely! The simple approach (I don’t mean simple or easy to do) is very effective here! I agree with the two comments above. Your painting fits the grace and beauty of the magnolia. I am amazed that they bloom in the winter!

  4. teric
    February 9, 2008

    OMG Karen! this is too gorgeous for words! I am speechless with the beauty of it!

  5. Bill
    February 9, 2008

    Yes, ditto the above.
    I like the combo of feminine sensitivity in the delicate flower and the strong (“macho”) darks.

  6. Karen
    February 9, 2008

    Thanks, everyone. Bill maybe you’ve identified a good metaphor for modern women who don’t have to stop being girly girls to also be ‘strong like tree.’

    Molly, it’s starting to turn spring here because we’re so far south in So. Cal. No snow on the ground and temps in the 50s, 60s, 70s … unless we get another arctic blast.

  7. Diahn
    February 9, 2008

    Lovely, Karen. You’ve really captured the light in this blossom – I love when these start their show here – lets me know that spring is really on the way!

  8. Takeyce
    February 10, 2008

    I love the soft light portrayed in thie piece.

  9. Rob Burkhard
    February 10, 2008

    Inspiring with very nice contrast!

  10. rhonda hurwitz
    February 13, 2008

    wow…how did I miss this one. sensational

  11. Susan
    February 15, 2008

    Oh Karen, the softness, the GLOW. Insert contented sigh here.

  12. Danielle & Joep
    November 16, 2008

    Hi Karen,

    We love you’re magnolia tulip.
    Next year in Auqstus we wil get married and we are wondering if there is a possibility to us the magnolia (digital) for our invitation?
    Kind Regards, from Amsterdam Joep & Danielle

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