Artist Comments: This is one of my earlier paintings. This is of Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia. This little fishing village surrounds a narrow ocean inlet which provides safe haven for boats during the Atlantic’s rough weather. It is one of the most popular tourist stops in Nova Scotia and is considered the most photographed location in all of Canada. This painting is part of the Peggy’s Cove Series.
Size: 18″ x 18″ Support: Gallery wrap stretched canvas Description: A close-up depiction of the Magnolia Grandiflora blossom. The painted image extends around the edges of the canvas and therefore, does not require a frame.
SOLD: This particular painting sold to a private art collector in Georgia, however, if you would like a similar one of your own, contact us. For more information on how to commission a painting: Art Commissions Info.
Artist Comments: This painting is of the Magnolia Grandiflora, commonly known as the southern magnolia or bull bay. These large, showy flowers grow on trees native to East Texas, in addition to several other southern and southeastern states. The trees have large, glossy leaves and huge, fragrant white blossoms. Their sweet-smelling blossoms are considered an emblem of feminine sweetness and beauty.
Magnolias are often a favorite subject matter for many artists. They are certainly a favorite flower of mine. I was drawn to the way the light hit this Magnolia’s pedals and immediately knew I wanted to do a painting of this magnificent flower.
Some Interesting Things to Know About Magnolias
After planting, it can sometimes take up to 10 years for a Magnolia tree to bloom.
Magnolias bloom from April to June.
Southern Magnolia blossoms grow between 8 and 12 inches.
Magnolia blossoms grow at the end of the tree’s branches.
The fragrance of the Magnolia flower has pleasant scent that resembles the smell of tropical fruit.
The dense foliage and shallow roots make it very difficult to grow grass under its shade.
Its root system will crack sidewalks and pavements if planted too close to them.
Magnolia trees require plenty of space as they can grow up to 40 ft. wide and 80 ft. tall.
Both Louisiana and Mississippi claim the Magnolia as their official state flower.
Size: 18″ x 24″ Support: Stretched canvas Description: A realistic painting of an African bull elephant. This painting sold to a private art collector in North Carolina.
Painting has arrived. I am pleased to add it to my collection. Thank you. — H. Shaw, Winston Salem NC
Artist Comments: As an artist I’m always looking for good reference photos to paint from. Taking lots of photos myself is one way I get them. Others like to give me their photos to use as well. Using resources like this to paint from is something many artists do when they paint. Other artists like to paint on location, but will still take a photo of the scenery to take home with them. They use them to finish up their painting when they are back in their studio.
Several years ago some acquaintances of mine went on an African safari. While there, they snapped a photo of this elephant and emailed it to me. They thought I might like to use it as a resource photo for a painting. And they were right! I liked it so much I did this painting from it.
Some Interesting Facts About African Elephants
African elephants are native to Africa. They are characterized by having enormous flapping ears and ivory tusks. These magnificent creatures are the largest living land animal. Being hunted for their ivory tusks and their shrinking natural habitat have proven instrumental in these animals being placed on the endangered species list. Indeed, they are one of the most endangered species in all of Africa. In the 1980’s there were around 1 million African elephants roaming the plains of Africa, today the total population is less than 470,000.