A Second Attempt at Monet-Style Water Lilies

Return to Monet’s Water Lilies

Returning to work on Monday was difficult, following a three-day weekend packed with activity.  I indulged in plein air watercolor, fly fishing for bass, and picking guitars and singing with good friends.  Now, it is back to work, and grades are due. (Ugh).

I am posting my work-in-progress of a lily pad-infested pond in Athens, Texas, two hours east of where I reside.  A dear retired teacher friend of mine from long ago invited me out last weekend to take a stab at painting this scene.  I was invited back this weekend for an extended stay that included great conversation, music, fly fishing, fabulous food and the best wine.  My heart is still filled with gladness at every memory.

On this trip, I arrived early enough in the morning to see the water lilies in full bloom.  The white blossoms totally transformed the environment as I surveyed the wondrous scene.  I also enjoyed adding the new colors to my palette–Antique Green, Permanent Rose, Quinacridone Red, Winsor Blue and Transparent Yellow.  A new dynamic is beginning to emerge in my color schemes, and I cannot wait to “road test” this new palette when I begin the Paint Historic Waxahachie event, only weeks away now.  Before long, I could have a considerable body of plein air watercolor sketches to peruse, review and critique.  I want to go in a new direction this summer, and have a couple of ideas cooking already, but I am still undecided.

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