I typically like to paint flowers with less specificity– roses and ranunculus in particular. Flowers whose petals all kind of blend together, and I freely apply the palette knife to the canvas to create bumps that suggest rather than describe exactly what’s going on in the bloom.
Magnolias are different. Their petals are distinct, one from the other. There is no one fell swoop that can encompass them all.
That’s why, when I paint them (rarely), I like to have some fun in the background– not-so defined blocks of color that release me from the constraints of specificity.
What do you think?