A new storm is on its way in but this morning was sunny so I took a walk in the neighborhood and discovered Spring had arrived overnight. The magnolias were blooming along with some other flowering trees.
The Jehovah’s Witnesses were also out in full bloom, a whole parade of them canvassing the neighborhood. These folks were waiting while their colleagues knocked on the door of a house on the top of the hill.
One of their team told me she liked to paint too, and then offered me some reading materials. “No thanks,” I said. “But it’s really, really small,” she said. It was a small pamphlet, but why would she think that would change my mind, I wonder.
I thought about drawing this but decided a photo was good enough. Seeing the new season bursting forth in front of a sign saying “STOP” made me think about the ways we try to control things by making laws and rules and posting signs, and yet Mother Nature rolls along, no matter what we puny humans have to say about it.
I’m trying to use one sketchbook at a time and so, despite being tempted to switch to a Moleskine watercolor sketchbook, I continued on in my Strathmore Drawing sketchbook. It’s not watercolor paper but is great for ink, is my favorite size (6×8″) and is light for carrying because it only has 24 sheets. It does wrinkle a bit from the watercolor, and it’s not good for lifting out color or heavy application, but it’s a good compromise between quality of paper and size and weight.
14 replies on “Can’t Stop the Seasons: Magnolias in Bloom”
Not only do they look lovely, I can smell your magnolias too!!!
Now that you mention it, I don’t think I noticed a scent at all. I’m not sure if this kind are scent-free or if they only smell at night. I used to live next door to a big old Magnolia tree and it smelled like cheap men’s cologne but only at night.
I do love the magnolia with ink and wash, Jana. You have captured the delicacy of those petals.
For once I stopped before I overworked the sketch!
Agreed, but you could send some better weather this way, instead of snow storms. Love your sketches. You’ve got me going on sketching–I don’t do near as good a job, but will keep working on it.
I don’t like being cold so I’m glad we don’t have snowstorms here.
I’m glad you’re keeping up the sketching, you do great work. Don’t worry
about comparing yourself to anyone else. I have to keep reminding myself of
that too. As my good friend says, “Compare…and despair.”
The magnolia is lovely and fresh — almost oriental in treatment. (It’s still too early for them here.)
Thanks Andrea. It should be too early for them here too, but Mother Nature is being rather fickle and confusing. For a week it’s darkest winter with
snow and hail, and the next week it’s summer so the plants think it’s spring and then it’s winter again. At the moment it’s thundering and lightening and heavy rain and flooding is predicted for the next few days.
Can’t stop the music of the seasons, nor those pesky door-knockers. Loved the top picture of the magnolias which are delightful flowers. Your pic of the Jehovah’s Witnesses wouldn’t open up for me. Darn. What do you do with those neat two-by-two door knockers? Invite them in and give them tea and mull cookies? That happened one time with two Mormon young men on bicycles and they certainly were very high when they left a house in Queensland after enjoying the ‘special’ cakes!
That’s pretty funny! I’ve never understood the concept of selling religion door to door. I always ignore them, whether they can see me in my house through the window or not. Definitely not handing out cakes! Someone told me that they really don’t care if they get any “buyers” — they get points just for being out there annoying people.
How lucky for you – to live where the magnolias are blooming! We had 56 on Friday but 34 today! As for the Witnesses, how odd! I often think it would be nice to “Have All the ANSWERS” but find I myself have more and more questions the older I get. I admire your commitment to one notebook….am shamelessly unfaithful myself…probably too new at art to have a focus.
I love the magnolia! So beautiful, what kind of ink? Do you paint with the ink?
I am always so touched by your writing and painting Jana. Such gifts of communication. Thanks for sharing your heart and bringing me to your blog! I love visiting you here.