Ned's Lily

"Ned's Lily"
8" x 10"
Pastel on canvas panel
I was given a photo of this lily from Friday's visit to the Garden.  It struck me as gorgeous when I saw it. I wanted to paint it immediately, but I had other subject matter in queue. So tonight when I sat down to paint, this one simply called to me. The puddle of water at the top was especially difficult to create, but I think it looks puddly, don't you?  

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6" x 6"
Pastel on black panel
I photographed this lotus a few years ago, but haven't painted her. I'm not sure why, but here she is now. The water these plants grow in at the Botanic Gardens is dark and the pads are jade in color. 

I like the black of the panel showing through, but it really does look more appropriate in person than in the photo of my work.


Wiggle Water

"Wiggle Water"
6" x 12"
Oil on hardboard panel
A breeze tickled the surface of the water, wiggling the reflected reeds surrounding Miss Lily. She liked the vertical stripes.  Thought they made her look—slender. 

Surprisingly, I like the composition of this piece, despite the fact that the lily is dead center.  It forces a tension that only breaking the rules can create.

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20" x 16" 
Oil on panel
From my earliest recollection, I've loved water lilies and their gaggle of pads.  I think it's the roundness of their leaves, the invisible stems, and their unspeaking mouths. I remember sitting quietly in a rowboat as my father fished, looking at the mysterious plants that didn't appear to grow in dirt.

Yes, it's this color on the painting. The lily was blue, the leaves golden, and the sky was reflected in the water droplets.  It was an exercise in painting what I saw despite the believability of it.  I like the colors, and it looks pretty cool sitting here in my studio.

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Watery Lily

"Watery Lily"
12" x 24"
Acrylic on wrapped canvas
The small, corporate pond was unremarkable by day, but by night she donned a sophisticated alure in the reflected light of nearby shoppe lights

I'm unaccustomed to painting in this realm... dark, really dark values.  This low key painting is one of the few you'll ever see from this artist.  I'm just not comfortable here.  In fact, it kind of makes my heart palpitate, like I'm suffocating to paint this dark.  But it was an experience! 

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Little Lily Lake

"Little Lily Lake"
12" x 12"
Oil on wrapped canvas
A breeze tickled the far shore around the point where lilies did not grow.  I confirmed my suspicions with a fisheman who was standing beside me. "That part over there, is it the deepest part of the lake?" 

I appreciate the accessibility of this little lake.  I stop to photograph its ice, ripples, lilies and reflections once a week all year round.

This painting is listed with, and for purchase on a Auction. This link will take you to my gallery there.

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Reservoir Pond

"Reservoir Pond"
20" x 24"
Oil on canvas 
My first outing in a kayak was in this very water.  I loved being so close to my subject matter.  So close to the water with my camera.  The clouds co-operated and gave me some pretty nifty haze over the pine forest in the direction of where Cathedral Pines was located.  

I had to wait until I got home to paint this scene.  Fortunately, my photos were good.  I loved being at this vantage point to see at least three species of lilies.  

This painting is already sold, but it will be up on my Daily Paintworks Gallery.