Sometimes there is no coincidence when it comes to inspiration or painting. I have this beautiful large magnolia tree in my back yard. I don’t know exactly how old it is but I’ve lived here for about 27 years and the tree was mature when I moved in. It’s an amazing tree and one I love watching come into bloom each spring. The colors and beautiful lyrical architecture of the branches enchant me.
As I was observing it’s slow opening I had the idea to paint a section of the tree. It can feel overwhelming to think of painting the entire tree so a part of it seemed like it would be fun. Sometimes I don’t listen to those nudges that say “do this” but on this day I did listen! Thankfully so…. because that night we had a freeze and when I woke the next morning the beautiful shades of pink and purple were gone. The tree was filled with brown and dark orange shriveled petals. The flowering time had been whisked away by nature for this year.
They say timing is everything. I think that’s true – the thing is I need to listen to my inner voice intently to be guided into “right” timing.
I hope you enjoy the painting. I’ve painted a larger version using a sketch which I also love and will share down the road!