Yellow Waterlily – acrylic painting

“Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it.”  – by Lao Tzu

That includes me .  .  .  I can’t resist.  There is something very beautiful about waterlily’s and ponds, a tranquil sense of being comes over me when I look at them.   Whether the scene is drenched in sunlight or it’s a rainy day, the sight of these delicate flowers is always calm and welcoming.

Yellow Waterlily, an acrylic painting (11×9) was done on Canson canvas paper using Liquitex and Atelier brands.  I’ve always wanted to try my hand at painting a waterlily and transparent water.  I wanted the waterlily to be the star in this production, so the challenge for me was in keeping the background muted, lessen any intensity of color, little if any hard edges, and then to develop some waviness to the images beneath the water.

I enjoyed painting this scene ~ thanks for checking in and visiting.  Please click the image to see it in a larger size.

Please don’t take my images – my art is copyrighted.  Please don’t copy or use the image without receiving my permission first – see disclosure on the right panel.

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63 Responses to Yellow Waterlily – acrylic painting

  1. THIS
    No more to say! Big congrats on this one! Rita

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Rita – was one more challenge on developing transparent water with acrylics. I loved working on this piece and really appreciate your enthusiastic response.

  2. Beautifully done! Bravo!

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Ruth – it took a while with a bit of challenge, but came together in the end. I need to work on transparent water and this gave me a good workout.

  3. Eliza Waters says:

    This looks so realistic, at first I thought it was a photograph. Well done, Mary!

  4. Pakhi Dubey says:

    you have really done an amazing job……I have just started with waters and have you as an inspiration now

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Pakhi for your kind words – I really appreciate it. Water is a favorite subject of mine no matter the medium. Best wishes as you begin the process of painting it – water is a great subject to learn from when creating art.

  5. Pakhi Dubey says:

    That looks so beautiful and the finishing….just wow.Even i love painting and have worked a lot with oil pastels but you painting inspires me…….Truly an inspiration
    great work

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Pakhi – I love oil pastels and find them to be a great medium. Learning acrylics has been both interesting and a real challenge. Thank you again for your generous words.

  6. Leyla says:

    Very beautiful work!!

  7. Really nice waterlily! Saying, ‘beginner’s luck’ won’t work here; your dedication shines through and illustrates that there is an award titled, ‘mastery,’ and you own it!

    • Mary says:

      Oh Lisa you know how to make me smile . What a compliment , I am so lucky to have your continued support and encouragement. Thank you so much. I look to you and your art, from the dedication , discipline, and amazing quality of what you produce – it is what I strive for. Best wishes with your show .

  8. Val says:

    Despite painting all my life (less now, though) I have never been able to paint water very well. You’ve done an excellent job here. Lovely!

    • Mary says:

      What a lovely compliment and comment Val – thank you so much, you’ve made my day. I really appreciate your thoughtful words and visit. I’ve always been drawn to water, no matter the medium – I don’t really know why, perhaps it’s the rhythm and flow. On the other hand, if you ask me to paint a subject with a realism style in mind I have the darnedest time. I’m looking forward to checking out your blog. Nice to meet you.

  9. Anonymous says:

    I also can’t resist water or water lilies. Your rendition is really beautiful. Happy painting my friend. Janet 🙂

  10. Resa says:

    This is very beautiful, Mary!
    It’s crazy, but I’m having to sign up…again … for email notifications.
    You’ve done glass, now clear water. You are amazing!

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Resa glad you liked the painting – you know how to keep the smile on my face. I went in and checked my settings for email notifications and they are still set as done originally. Not sure what happened, but thank you for checking and visiting – I will be checking in with you to see your latest creations and mural finds!

      • Resa says:

        Same thing has happened to me! Not getting all the notifications I used to. You’re right, if we just keep visiting each other, it will all work out!

  11. MANSOOR says:

    That looks very nice, i like water… great work

  12. restlessjo says:

    That looks fabulous, Mary! 🙂 🙂 I love water lilies too and you’ve made this so real.

  13. Wonderful … I like the choice of subject matter and the dark background.

  14. Sorry, I haven’t visited in a while but I am so happy that today was a good day for me (I am fighting cancer again.), and I was able to visit.
    I love your artwork. Today it reminded me of success. The Lily fighting it’s way to the sun. Beautiful.

    • Mary says:

      Oh I am so sorry to hear the news. I have been missing from action with blogging and was shocked to hear about your cancer. My thoughts and prayers are with you Patricia as you fight this thing. Thank you for taking the time to visit and writing such a lovely comment. Take care and my best wishes as you continue on this journey.

  15. Amy says:

    Exquisite, Mary! Thank you so much for sharing your amazing artwork with us. ❤

  16. cmartzloff says:

    Lovely Mary! I think water is very difficult to articulate and you did a very nice job of it.

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Catherine – always appreciated. For me the challenge was keeping the underneath muted and fluid enough so the top layer of water and waterlily stood out. I enjoyed working this one out.

  17. Paul Beech says:

    Gosh, Mary, your ‘Yellow Waterlily’ is gorgeous. I’m reminded of the pond where my brother and I caught sticklebacks between lily pads and iris when growing up in a Lancashire cotton and colliery town in the ‘50s.

    Great picture. Great memory.

    Have a good Sunday.

    My very best,


    • Mary says:

      Oh Paul I am so happy that the painting brought back wonderful childhood memories for you. Thank you for always being present, I really appreciate it! My best to Maureen ~

  18. Beautifully done – wonderful when enlarged

  19. Miss Mary
    First rate work as always
    A deep pleasure for me

    uncle john

  20. Gallivanta says:

    You have met the challenge beautifully, Mary. I love seeing all the different ways you challenge yourself time and time again. Have you ever done a retrospective of your paintings; best ones or ones where you have felt particularly pleased by your artistic development?

    • Mary says:

      Hi galluvanta, interesting thoughts and thank you. I guess I am impatient with concentrating on one subject matter. But I also believe I would have developed quicker as an artist if I did one subject matter for a while. In any respect you have an interesting idea and maybe one day I might do that. Thank you for always being present.

  21. Gorgeous, Mary! So happy to see you returning to your art. Love the Tzu quote…perfect!❤️

  22. I so agree with Lao Tzu! And you illustrate this quote so perfectly. Gorgeous.

  23. dorannrule says:

    That is an amazing image Mary. How talented you are to let us see the beauty of the lily but also so clearly below the surface. I am in awe of your creativity.

  24. This is beautiful. I certainly hope it is in a frame somewhere that it can be enjoyed. 🙂

  25. So beautiful! I’ve missed your amazing artwork.

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