Eurasian Blackcap’s Song

Artist  Marjolein Bastin
Painted  2011
Medium  Watercolor
Subject Location  Netherlands

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Artist Notes

Utter happiness! A Eurasian Blackcap is singing to his heart’s content on a branch of the magnolia. I have to capture this. But as soon as I start sketching I realize I don’t even know what variety magnolia I have been looking at in our garden for the past fifteen years…

I’m so happy I decided a few years ago to finally get a computer – I can look this up! And so I found out this is a Magnolia liliiflora ‘nigra,’ a Purple lily magnolia. It blooms in late spring and is a real beauty.

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