Blooming Magnolia

March 26, 2013

“Nature is infinitely patient, one thing lives after another has given way; the magnolia’s blossoms die just as the cherry’s come to life.”
— Teju Cole, Open City

Magnolia in full blossom

Magnolia in full blossom

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The artist Ellsworth Kelly has captured the essence of the magnolia blossom in just a few clear lines.  The simplicity of his drawing is beguiling.

From Plant Drawings by Ellsworth Kelly

From Plant Drawings by Ellsworth Kelly

I was also inspired to try my hand at painting magnolia blossoms after seeing some botanical prints in Treasures of Botanical Art by Shirley Sherwood and Martyn Rix.

Magnolia painting by Siriol Sherlock

Magnolia painting by Siriol Sherlock

Magnolia painting by Barbara Oozeerall

Magnolia painting by Barbara Oozeerall

My watercolor sketch of magnolia blossoms

My watercolor sketch of magnolia blossoms

Another watercolor sketch of magnolia blossoms

Another watercolor sketch of magnolia blossoms

 

 

 

 

9 Responses to “Blooming Magnolia”

  1. Martha Says:

    The sight and smell of magnolias is one of the deepest and most complex memories of childhood for me.

    And still one really good reason to relocate a little farther south again.

    Beautiful paintings.

  2. Lynne Says:

    Your paintings are really wonderful!

  3. Kate Says:

    I’ve been keeping my eye on one Magnolia tree in particular in the arboretum–the buds weren’t quite bursting yesterday…but we might have to check again today! Where is your photo taken?

  4. Gretchen P Says:

    As usual I’m amazed by your paintings, they are gorgeous!


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