Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Water Lily Reflections

Yesterday I started working on three paintings and was experimenting with plastic wrap and the effects that can be created.

The first one Yellow Water Lilies (see yesterday's post) was completed.

For this one I mixed in separate containers dark of French ultramarine blue and burnt sienna, alizarin crimson as a red, and a green of Antwerp blue and raw sienna.

The paper was wet thoroughly and the red was poured on in a couple of areas, then the green was poured onto the paper, and the remaining white spaces were filled with the dark mixture.

Plastic wrap was crinkled and laid over top of the wet paint and the painting was set aside to allow it to dry.

Once the paint has dried the plastic wrap was carefully removed and set aside.

Then as with yesterday's painting the pink shapes reminded me of water lilies and lily pads floating on the water.

Using pure alizarin crimson I painted the shadows onto the lily petals. Then at the bottom I added a few lines with the red as though water was covering the bottom of some of the petals and indicated a slight reflection of the flower.

Then I added some French ultramarine blue to the green mixture and painted in some of the shadows on the lily pads.

This is an original 6" x 7-3/4” framed watercolour available for $125.00