The gardenias were in bloom last week, when I happened to be visiting the home of my friends Sharon and Ken.  I had never seen this flower anywhere except in a florist show case, so it was quite a delight to see growing naturally.   The gardenia bush was over six feet high and about as wide, with blossoms on every branch!

I love the pale, fragile blooms against the deep green leaves. So, I am planning a large painting, maybe 30 by 40 inches.  This is my first composition, done as a smaller 16 by 12 canvas.
oil on canvas
12 x 16 x .75

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