16x20 Oil on linen
In between portrait painting sessions, I am steadily working on other pieces. This magnolia oil painting was a month long project, spending a great deal of time setting on the mantel for evaluation. I intentionally selected dark deep tones surrounding the main flower, instead of using black. My goal was to create a sense of light shining through the trees, as I saw it nearly centered within the magnolia. It was a simple moment that fascinated me.
This has been a strange February for us here, in North Central Florida. It began with warm temperatures in the 70’s and 80’s, but I woke up this morning to 25 degrees. Over the past two weeks, flowers have been blooming everywhere. From camellias to azaleas, dogwoods, and Japanese magnolias, they arrived early and abundantly. I can’t recall a prettier February, since moving here in 1996. I hope they are able to weather the cold snap. But either way, it won’t be long before another wave of beautiful bloomers begins sprouting. There’s something wonderful happening outdoors here all of the time. This is one of the reasons I love living in this warm climate.Thanks for viewing ~ Eve