More lusciuos magnolias! These small trees are blooming along Olympic in Lower Queen Anne. I worked from my photos yesterday to make a painting of these trees, enjoying their exotic shapes and generous silky blooms. When I photographed these trees the early morning sun backlit the fuzzy buds giving each one a light filled aura. I have tried to paint them lit this way rather than the more traditional style of icon painting in which objects are shaded darker toward their perimeters.