My tulip magnolia dies a couple of years ago in a late frost. But I have probably hundreds of photos of its blooms. Each year I'd anticipate them, and try to paint them as much as I could before they were spent, which was all too soon.
I usually don't paint a background when I paint magnolias, but, at least in the one here, I feel like the background enhances it.
I really miss that tree. When this is all over, I think I'll buy another to celebrate.