This spring I noticed how magnificent the saucer magnolias were.
I worked on this painting for more than a month and I am so happy to be done and pleased with how it turned out. The blossoms are of Magnolia × soulangeana against a gorgeous sky from a splendid April day at one of my favorite gardens, Wave Hill in The Bronx, NY.
I thought about writing about my process or motivation. I think that for now, I can only say that making art—and painting large, detailed subjects— is a way of coping and finding hope and beauty amidst what increasingly becomes a daily barrage of upsetting and negative news in the world. If this painting makes you smile then I have done a good job.
It’s time to return to Wave Hill to check out how summer is progressing there.
Arches cold press, 300 lb, 21″ x 29″