Don’t you love lily ponds? I’m attracted to almost every one I see and for some time now I’ve wanted to try painting one. So today I decided to give it a go with a quick 8×8 study done in oil pastels.
Working on pastel paper, isn’t the best for spreading oil pastels, I decided to use Senneliers (brand – creamy as butter) which worked out just fine. There was a lot to learn about water reflections, the lily pads and flowers – from proper values to colors. In the end the primary must do right with the piece, was getting the values correct and then making sure that I added lines for water ripples so the viewer could distinguish reflection vs. actual pad or flower. The little flower petals were my challenge . . . small areas that need good detail and edges are something I need to work on in future paintings.
I’m sure I’ll try another, but for now here’s the study . . .
The reference image was from Norm Rossignol from pmp.