“Simply Southern”, Sue Grilli
Although I am not originally from the South, ever since I have moved here I have loved the Magnolia flower. That large bloom was captivating even though it was short lived. I remember one of the first painting workshops I took where the instructor cut some blooms right before the class for us to paint. The room smelled wonderful the entire time. But you had to paint quickly because by the end of the sessions the white petals were already beginning to turn brown. This painting was done several years after that workshop and proved to be a real challenge for me. I actually started this painting 3 times before I got the feel I really wanted.