I thought this was a wonderful quote. I don't know if it has happened to you, but people say, oh you are so talented. Not true, couldn't be farther from the truth, although I am sure there are many artists who do possess that something extra, something special. But for the most part for the rest of us, it is just a matter of studying, learning your tools and materials, practicing, and then start to trust your inner self. I am on a journey to try to find my voice. Not that I am a late bloomer, but I should have already found it, yes? I guess what I am really looking for is the way I wish and want to paint. Not necessarily how I have been doing it.
I am pleased with this piece. Many thanks to Sanne who put this wonderful reference piece up at PMP. Personally I think Magnolias are just wonderful flowers. They have so many interesting stages. Also it doesn't hurt that they are very common here in Georgia. But I guess the biggest reason to paint them is that they feed my desire to use fuchsia or magenta.
This also was an exercise in using a bokeh background, these were done freehand, not with a template. I like the effect and that splash of white really does remind me of photographs.
Thanks much for stopping by and taking a look. I hope you feel the Southern sunshine, warmth and hospitality that this flower represents.