Saturday, January 21, 2012

Blooming Magnolia

I finished "Blooming Magnolia" today, adding shades of pink to the flower center, and strengthen the shadow colors with a mixture of Permanent Rose, Cobalt Blue and Ivory Black. I found that the mixture of Cobalt Blue and Ivory Black gives a nice, clear cold blue-grey which works great for shadows on these magnolia flowers. Lamp Black, on the other hand, is too warm and makes a purple-grey when mixed with Cobalt Blue. The flower was painted in by first wet each pedal with clear water, then use a small brush (Jack Richeson Kolinsky Sable #6) and a very stiff mix to almost "dry brush" in. On very small areas, this method has better control of the shapes with soft edges than the traditional "wet-into-wet' applications.

Blooming Magnolia,  Watercolor on Arches 140# Rough Paper , 7"h x 5"w, 2012#7



  1. Beautiful, Arena. The blue/black is a perfect complement to the pinks and mauves of the magnolia.

  2. Lovely painting, Arena! I especially like the combination of warm and cool greens. They really sing amidst all the darker, cooler colors. :o)


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