I have been wanting to paint water lilies for such a long time! Over the weekend, the blooms started popping up in Monet's Garden, and today was my chance! Zooming in on a small cluster, I sketched out my subject on my dark washed panel. Being careful to place my greens accurately, I blocked in all the pads before starting on the water. The edges and colors are unique to each one, with very dark shadows just under their rims. I chose this cluster as the water reflected not only rich darks, but wonderful glimpses of sky as well. I've never tried my hand at these beauties before - and it was so rewarding! The darkening sky gave this composition a mood and feel all it's own. Can't wait to paint them again! I can see why Monet never tired of painting them! Painting number 1246 in 1246 days.
|Water Lilies at Dusk|
Oil on panel, 12x9