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Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Star Magnolia


Honestly, I don't know how these botanical artists do it. This time of year, the flowers that are budding in the morning when I leave for work are in full bloom by the time I get home, and withering on the branch by the time dinner is done.

Last year's Star Magnolia drawing ... I can't help but do blue somewhere on the drawing if the flower is white ... it's a compulsion, I guess.

Technical notes: Watercolor in Arches 140# cold pressed sketchbook. The drawing of the bud.


Posted by Picasa And this one is for Cynthia on the Botanical Arts group -- an example of watercolor pencils on the Moleskine sketch paper. I think I did the ink drawing first, then the WC pencils and water over it. Probably finished up a few details with Verithins. ?

Just looking at this makes me want to run out to the fern garden to see if these poppies are coming up yet! I love spring!

19 comments:

Sioux said...

These flowers are georgeous...I especially like the star magnolia. Beautiful!

Shelly McC said...

I think these are beautiful. Great work.

Lin said...

GORGEMENTOUS, LINDA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love the colors, the details ... ALL OF IT!!! KEEP at it, Linda -- these flowers are just divine and would make such a wonderful album!!!

Laura said...

Celestial star magnolia and poppy, too. Lovely Linda has done it again.

Carol Bonomo said...

Just adding to what's been said. These are a study in nature, spring, HOPE (I sure am hoping for spring soon), and amazing patience and worksmanship.

Karen at Pen in Hand said...

Linda- Wonderful work on the two very different floral paintings.
Karen

Karen Winters said...

Beautiful - the delicacy of the petals is just wonderful.

Lisa said...

Despite their short life in bloom, you captured them -- beautiful!

Teri C said...

OH MY GOSH, that star magnolia is just gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!WOW. That blue is so complimentary.

Teri C said...

OH MY GOSH, that star magnolia is just GORGEOUS!!!! That blue is so complimentary.

ken said...

thanks for your kind comments, especially as it lead me to your blog - i love it! there's some great stuff here.
the flowers are wonderful, i'm going through a botanicals phase at present, nothing as good as this though.
one of the problems i have at the moment is that not much is out yet and i don't suppose tomorrow's forecast of snow will help bring anything out. So i sympathise with the problems you mentioned.
best wishes from the UK.

janey said...

The flowers are so pretty. I love the blue background. And very neat moleskine pages.

Terri said...

That magnolia is gorgeous. I can almost smell the frangrance in the air.

zephyr said...

thank you so much for
dropping in "thegarden" and leaving a note
so i would be drawn to your blog...i've spent a lovely almost-hour browsing your archives and so love your work!

The Phoenix said...

OH! These watercolors are just beautiful!

"Maggie" said...

Both of these flowers are beautiful, the magnolia just gorgeous and so fresh! I love poppies, these remind me of California poppies. I miss seeing them....

Rachel said...

So delicate and lovely...well done! Rachel

Zee said...

How lovely! And I love the blue! It's my favorite color. :)

I love how the blue really makes the flower jump out... gives it life.

Cynthia Padilla said...

Linda how sweet that you would post a botanical in my honor!!! LOL. But i just saw it today, what, almost a year latet? If I missed your posting this to me somewhere, let me express how fabulous everything I have seen here is, I was only interrupted when I saw my name. I will now, with all due respect, get back to the business of admiring your work!