Spotlight Art – ‘A Blossom Festival in Paintings 1’ – by Howard Oakley (The Eclectic Light Company)

The Eclectic Light Company

This year, you may have been reduced to viewing the cherry blossom in Japan and Washington DC online. In a bid to help us all get our springtime dose of tree blossom, today and tomorrow I’m showing a small selection of paintings of tree blossom.


In the European tradition, the season of Spring has been depicted predominantly with flowers rather than the blossom of trees. This may reflect local conditions, and the fact that flowering trees are relatively difficult to paint in the studio. Once landscape painting started to become more popular, and more of it was performed in front of the motif, this changed.

palmerinshorehamgarden Samuel Palmer (1805–1881), In a Shoreham Garden (c 1830), watercolour on paper, dimensions not known, Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Image courtesy of and © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

An early watercolour painting of exuberant blossom is that In a Shoreham Garden, painted…

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