This is what I’m planning for the background in my next painting. This background will be mostly dark with spots of light showing through the leaves and some light on the ground. It has big dark green leaves that are shiny in the sun. Most of the leaves are on the other side of the tree so I’ll paint those sketchy and then make the leaves on this side more defined and shaped with more leaves showing on this side than I sketched here.
Kids like to go under this tree because it could be a neat fort with more magnolias around it. They can hide in the shade and peek out.
This Southern Magnolia in today’s sketch won’t bloom till summer but the other variety of magnolia that I drew the branch of a few days ago will bloom soon. The buds are showing some red today.
I bought a 24 x 36 canvas for it. After I paint this for the background I’ll paint the early blooming magnolia branch and flowers right on top of it. I think the red and white flowers will look good on top of the darker tree.
The weather forecast is cloudy tomorrow then 3 days of rain. After I sand and gesso the canvas a couple times, I’ll tint it gray and that might dry enough for me to start on the painting at home if it rains.