Painting lily pads with watercolors : Lily pads on One Mile Lake

Lily pads on One Mile Lake: Painting lily pads with watercolor

by Sandrine Pelissier on July 30, 2013

in New work, Painting technique, Step by step demonstrations

Lily pads on One Mile Lake Watercolor on paper mounted on board 12 x 36 inches

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:

background and painting palette

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

 

splashing

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.

 

splashing textures

The splashing produces interesting textures on the painting.

side view of 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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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Raquel September 26, 2013 at 12:45 am

Muy bonito. Gracias por tus videos. It’s very nice, thanks for your videos!!

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Sandrine Pelissier September 26, 2013 at 6:03 am

Thanks Raquel !

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Gloria August 28, 2013 at 10:57 pm

Very clear explanation. Your paintings are amazing. Congratulations!

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Sandrine Pelissier August 29, 2013 at 5:37 am

Thanks Gloria :)

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Joyce Geyer July 30, 2013 at 9:30 am

I really like this video-
the actual speed in the beginning technique and finally speeding up to complete
each area that was first demonstrated.
It allowed me to see the process and understand how you did it.
Beautiful

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Sandrine Pelissier July 30, 2013 at 11:10 am

Thanks Joyce, I am glad you liked the video :)

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