This painting was done by watching an online demo and a subsequent challenge by one of my online artist buddies, Cecilia (Cia) Price and the reference photo used was from her magnolia tree. She lives in Alabama so understands magnolias much better than this southwestern desert rat.
I was more successful this time than in any others in saving the white of the paper for the sunspots on the petals and branches, so I am proud of that. I like the technique of painting wet-in-wet by dropping-in of colors and letting them blend on the paper, I thought it worked well in this case. Some of my branches are a bit funky, but as far as I know this may be normal for magnolia branches? That's my story and I'm stickin' to it anyway.
Now, on to painting my grandbaby, Aubrey, in her race-to-the-water pose in the photo below. That one is just begging to be painted, so I will give in to the urge.