Lily pads on One Mile Lake
Watercolor on paper mounted on board
12 x 36 inches
This is the latest watercolor on paper mounted on board I painted, from a picture I took at One Mile Lake near Pemberton (BC, Canada), a magnificent lake with colorful lily pads and pretty boardwalks.
What I like about this painting is that although I used a reference picture, it could also be seen as an abstract pattern.
To see more about mounting watercolor on paper on board, see that previous post: Mounting watercolor paper on board
Here are some pictures of the painting process:
After making a basic drawing of the outlines with pencil, I paint a wash of ultramarine Blue and burnt sienna in the background. This is the palette I used: : Daniel Smith Burnt Sienna, Reeves Payne’s grey, Holbein Cobalt Turquoise, Da Vinci Prussian blue, sap green,permanent red and cadmium lemon, Van Gogh Madder Lake Light.
I then start painting the lily pads one by one, starting by the lower area of the painting.
I am mixing colors wet in wet for interesting effects and to avoid too many hard edges inside the lily pads
I am also adding a darker outline on some areas of the lily pads to help with the illusion of the pads floating on the water.
I am painting either a yellow or blue layer first depending on the final color of the lily pads: yellow for warmer greens and blue for colder greens.
When all the Lily pads are painted, I am painting a yellow or red glaze on the lily pads to make them more vivid as I thought the painting lacked a bit of contrast and would need brighter hues. I will splash the painting once it has dried with lots of water and some red watercolor wash.
The splashing produces interesting textures on the painting.
Here is a side view of the painting once varnished.
Here is a time lapse video showing the painting process:
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