Wednesday, August 26, 2015

woyww - little gem magnolia on my desk

An early morning shot of my desk as I get ready to sketch a "Magnolia Grandiflora" aka Magnolia little gem or Southern Magnolia depending on which country you live in.  I think they are pretty much the same plant and always fun to paint. 
First attempt using far too bright colours to get a feel for the shape and shadows. Choice of yellow was completely wrong but still fun to paint.
Second attempt in a more traditional watercolour style.  Pleased with the end result and now considering doing a third attempt.  

Hope everyone is having a fun woyww.  I will get around to visit desks but these days it is a late post and a slow meander over the week. 

21 comments:

  1. The first attempt is indeed too yellow... but the second painting is marvelous!!! Love it! Happy woyww and a hug from windy Holland, Marit #33

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  2. Well Sandra, decided I would no take six days to comment on your post this week, and what can I say???
    ...but that your magnolia is indeed a grand flower, love the second one.. Guess I am a traditionalist. :)
    Happy WOYWW thanks too for popping over already,
    Shaz in Oz.x 34

    {Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz}

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  3. Hi Sandra. I love them both. Both different but really lovely.
    Have a great week.
    Hugs,
    Annie x # 17

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  4. Hi Sandra, well the second one captured the authentic colouring of the magnolia, but, contrarily, I actually prefer the first one :)
    No time for Woyww this week. Catch up soon, hopefully :)

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  5. Hi Sandra, well the second one captured the authentic colouring of the magnolia, but, contrarily, I actually prefer the first one :)
    No time for Woyww this week. Catch up soon, hopefully :)

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  6. Hi Sandra, well the second one captured the authentic colouring of the magnolia, but, contrarily, I actually prefer the first one :)
    No time for Woyww this week. Catch up soon, hopefully :)

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  7. Love the second magnolia, white flowers are difficult to paint, you have captured the way white reflects surrounding colours without losing the fact it's white. Great job
    Jill

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  8. Hi Lovely Magnolia, I do love them. The only problem over here, is that because we get a lot of rain, the petals make the most lethal mess on pavements when they drop!Have a great week, Hugs, Shaz #5 xxx

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  9. How beautiful your white magnolia is. It looks perfect. Happy WOYWW. Barb#27 x

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  10. Love the second magnolia (the first one doesn't look like a magnolia because of the color). Beautiful.
    Have a good week,
    Lisca#29

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  11. Lovely work Sandra. The first one is fun and could be a fantasy flower whereas the second one is realistic but both have a place in your studio. Love to see your painting.
    Hugs, Neet 15 xx

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  12. Gorgeous Sandra! Love them both. We have one of the dark red ones in the garden but it hasn't done so well. I think the white ones seem to do better.
    Thanks for the visit and happy woyww, Angela x 28

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  13. Beautiful magnolia ! Very talented ! Ali #10

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  14. I love them both...the colour makes it a different character rather than a wrong flower...art...s'all about interpretation isn't it! Lovely stuff, hope you're enjoying them...a third will qualify as a series!

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  15. Wow - the second attempt it absolutely gorgeous! It looks just like the flowers on my magnolia tree.
    April #47

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  16. Wow, beautiful paintings - they are both fabulous, what a huge influence colour has on how a piece turns out - such a different feel to each one. I love the paler one against that beautiful blue, absolutely stunning. Thank you so much for stopping by my desk earlier, I hope you have a great week,
    Diana #23

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  17. Beautiful- I love Magnolias they hold a special place in my heart. Thanks for your lovely comments earlier. London was fab :) xx Soojay

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  18. Hi Sandra! Thanks for visiting my blog earlier. Love your flower paintings, especially the subtle colours against the dark blue background in the second one. It looks so beautiful! Even my son (10 years old) complemented on it when he saw it. Then he quickly added "it's a bit girly though". But that's the good thing about being female - we can be a girly as we want! All the best for the rest of the week! zsuzsa xx

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  19. Ooo so lovely - I like the pale one best I think. x Jo

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  20. Sandra, Love the Magnolia. Always makes me think of my mum as she loved them.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog.

    Happy WOYWW
    Sue #21

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