original watercolor and inks painting, image size 12" x 9"
Limited edition giclée print, image size 12" x 9", unframed, $100
All across the Georgia Tech campus in Atlanta are southern Magnolia trees. The trees grow large, hairy seed pods which open to reveal bright, red seeds inside. This stage of the seed pod's evolution is very dramatic with the vibrant red seeds surrounded by the rich greens, yellows and ochre of the leaves. The hairs are not just white, but tint translucently toward pastel hues as they catch the light. I used pearlescent acrylic inks (mixed with white ink for some opacity) to create the sparkly look of the hairs and parts of the leaves.
I have to thank my son Jon for bringing these spectacular seed pods to my attention and sending me a nice selection of photos of the pods, the leaves, and the overall tree. Also, Lisa Ray Grovenstein, Director of Public Relations at Georgia Tech, was kind enough to identify the tree for me.
This painting will be on display at the Watercolor '11 show art the Norris Gallery, Norris Cultural Arts Center, St. Charles, IL from Saturday, March 12, 2011 through May 7, 2011. The Artists' Reception ins Sunday, April 10, 2011, 2:00-4:00 pm. It was also shown at the 2010 Holiday Exhibit of the Nature Artists' Guild of the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois, November 12-14 in the Thornhill Education Center; and is published in The Nature Artists' Quarterly, Vol. XXIII, No. VI, Winter 2010, Members' Gallery, p. 11.