Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Early Bloomers

"Early Bloomers" 6x6" oil on canvas panel

"One that would have the fruit must climb the tree."
— Thomas Fuller
...Or, have a friend willing to climb a tree. My swimming buddy Angela sent me a photo she snapped of these early bloomers. I loved the photograph and cropped in on this one section to paint.  

Does anyone know what kind of a tree this is? My guess is a tulip tree? What a display these total over achievers put on! They're always the first kids on the block to come out to play. 

The oak trees are budding out now, but I'm still waiting for my redbud and azaleas to break free of their wintery caskets. I am sure, like a game of Kick the Can, it won't be long now before "everybody comes in free."
Thanks for catching my sneak preview of spring.

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  1. Here in Georgia we call them tulip magnolias. Beautiful painting!

  2. I appreciate your feedback, Paula. I am starting to think these trees are called different names in different parts of the country. Others are calling them Japanese Magnolias and Purple Magnolias. Well, whatever they are called they sure are beautiful.