Magnolia Yeso


Original Available
Pencil on sketchbook paper. Framed with UV Preservation Glass.
51cm x 36cm (20" x 14")

This design is emblematic of the Alhambra palace in southern Spain (built by the Nasrid rulers of Al Andalus between 1238 and 1358). It is found carved into the plaster (yeso) walls in several locations throughout the complex.

The design incorporates the seedpod of the Magnolia tree, a key feature of the paradisal gardens surrounding the palace. This piece was executed in the first weeks of Covid lockdowns using materials I had on hand: pencil and sketchbook.
- Gillian Turnham

© Gillian Turnham 2023