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Magnolia blossoms

One day in very early spring (maybe Easter Sunday if I remember correctly), I dropped my brother off at his house and saw the gorgeous magnolia in full bloom!  It was supposed to frost that night so I took photos like a wild woman!  The thought of the frost killing all those beautiful blooms stressed me out so badly!  The magnolias in this study is of my Uncle Mark's (whose house I went to that same day and took photos of his trees in bloom).  My brother's magnolia is solid white .... the purple ones here are of my Uncle's blossoms. 


 
The second study is out of one of Billy Showell's books.  She's an incredible artist and instructor.  I've learned a great deal from watching her videos.  She shares a new one every other Monday.  Her books (especially the newest one) are AWESOME!!! The latest book is probably the greatest book written about botanical watercolor. I have bought many, many, many books this year to help me on my journey into botanical art so I feel okay saying I truly believe this book is the best (I'm a HUGE fan of Anna Mason - her work is more my style and her book is wonderful, too.)  EVERYTHING is covered and every page is full of something new to learn.  I mean it is AWESOME!
 
Both artists have the best personalities and both are truly inspiring.  It would be a dream come true to actually get to attend one of their classes in person!  One day......

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