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Trompe-l'œil [tråmp løj] is french for "deceive the eye", and is an art technique that uses realistic imagery to create the optical illusion that the depicted objects exist in three dimensions.

Through most of April, I have been working on a new still life. For a long time, I've been wanting to paint Magnolias. Not really a flower person, I can't get anything to grow. But there is something about Magnolias... They blossomed in Florence when I was there, and it was just so incredibly beautiful.