In my stock pile of painting papers I came across an odd size medium-blue cardstock paper and thought, what am I going to do with this? Well it turns out that the paper was actually perfect for my latest painting . . .
Lily Pond, an oil pastel (12×4) is painted on a medium-blue, heavy textured cardstock paper. The richness of colors, big lily pads and depth of water reflections were an awesome combination to work with in this scene. Wish you could see the variety of blues from rich Indigo, to ultramarine, to sapphire and cobalt that went into developing the water and reflections. I used mainly Holbein OPs because each color comes in a range of values allowing the artist to keep the colors pure without having to resort to blending which would dull the color. A variety of Senneliers were handy for this same reason. To get the thick strokes with the lily petals I used a painters knife scraping the OPs stick and layering the paint on for a heavy-textured look.
It’s a bit sharper in person, sorry about my camera work ~
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