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Ralph Waldo Emerson

Monday, October 22, 2012

Magnolia Tree Blossoms

This is another of my daily paintings - I learned a lot while doing this...the most important lesson is that magnolia tree blossoms are NOT easy to paint - the way they are shaped is very difficult to create in watercolor.  This painting is small  - 6"x 10" and is painted on 140 lb. Strathmore cold-pressed watercolor paper.  In my opinion, this paper takes the paint differently than what I have been using...the paint lays on the surface and absorbs in a different way.  It also doesn't take "punishment" very well - lifting, scraping, etc.  Paper does make a big difference and for some people this paper probably works well - just not for my style.


CrimsonLeaves said...

Pinks and greens are just so pretty together. I don't see magnolia blossoms here so it is nice seeing them painted. I think they are beautiful and worth all the exercise it took to paint them.

Christiane Kingsley said...

You did a beautiful job on these magnolia blossoms in spite of their difficult shapes and in spite of the unforgiving paper. I have never used the Strathmore paper: the Fabriano Artistico SP is my current favorite.