I was absolutely desperate to get going with 'The Green Giant' yesterday, but there was a commission sitting at my drawing board which I needed to start. It's a new cultivar of Magnolia - not my cup of tea it has to be said, which could be why I am finding it so tricky to do. I don't like pink flowers as lurid as this - just not my thing, and I find white flowers pretty tricky anyway. I think Magnolia's should be painted with lots of flowers from a distance, like in Heidi Willis's paintings (which I love), But in the photograph I was supplied only had the one.
Gosh - this post does sound depressing doesn't it?! But I was getting a bit depressed about it... very frustrating piece to work on. Anyway... I thought I'd post them up on the blog so I can see what it looks like not in person if you get my drift.