I didn't know I was such a lover of magnolia. Having had so much fun painting "Magnolia Season," I decided to do another magnolia painting. Can you guess when and where I took the above picture? Yes, it was on the same day and at the same place as the picture for "Magnolia Season." I walked around to get the best possible shot; it is indeed picture perfect. Even the sky with streaks of clouds is fitting for a happy mood. The new painting is more a landscape than a floral painting, taking in the surroundings in which a group of saucer and star magnolia trees are blooming.
While working on "Glorious Magnolia," I realized the reason for my newly-found enthusiasm for magnolia. Painting magnolia from distance is not much different from painting another favorite flower of mine--cherry blossoms. As I couldn't possibly paint gazillion cherry florets, I didn't even try to put in thousands of magnolia bud dots. I also had to make sure that I painted in darks under the puffy clouds of pale pink flowers, suggesting magnolia branches in the shadow and a row of trees behind the stars of the painting. A happy discovery and a handsome painting. Life is good.