These began as companion pces to the pair of sunflower paintings I posted previously. It's funny though: I almost went back in to tweak the sunflowers but forced myself to paint something new. ...and somehow all the fixes I had wanted to do to the sunflowers went into these magnolias. I LOVE how these paintings turned out despite the fact that they now look totally un-related to the sunflowers. Now, I'm thinking to do a pair of tulip companions for the magnolias.