Magnolia with Fallen Stamens
30×30 oil on canvas
I love to visit my hometown of Auburn, California, in the summertime. If time allows, I get to visit with my family, old friends, and if I time my visit just right, the magnolia trees. Usually around the 4th of July, I am privileged to see the many trees in town in full bloom. There are some large trees by the historic Placer County courthouse, a row of younger trees lining the parking of the post office, and of course magnolias can be found in the gardens of many homes in town. If you want to buy a young tree for your yard, you can find one at Eisley’s Nursery, where my family has been going for plants since I was knee high. It’s fun knowing that magnolias are native to North America. Although we think of magnolias when we think of the South, I have seen and photographed them growing in many regions of the United States. There is something noble, strong, and dignified about the trees and their blooms. This painting was created from a bloom in Auburn on July 4th. I simply could not ignore the drama of the deep blue-green waxy leaves and pale yellow falling stamens. A timeless American beauty, blooming on our nation’s birthday. Feels like home.