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Reflections on a Lily Pond

Reflections on a Lily Pond series – final paintings

I’ve been on one of my painting journeys over the last few weeks, revisiting Sparkle and Shine, a landscape (pondscape?) from 2013.

WIP#1 – works in progress – underpainting and figuring out the composition

WIP #1  I started with black canvases and used intense colours for the underpainting because I wanted the lily pads to really stand out against the blue-black water.

WIP#2 – adding colour

WIP #2  Then I painted green over the pink and yellow over the purple. Lighter blue ‘sparkle’ shapes were introduced to the water.

WIP#3 – the final touches

WIP #3  The final stage included adding touches of pink for the highlights.

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I’m going to wait a week or so for them to dry properly, varnish them (because I think reflections should be glossy and I want the water to look deliciously dark and deep), and then these four new paintings will be available on Etsy.

Enjoy the ride

Work in progress, acrylic on canvas

Work in progress, acrylic on canvas

“Do and give your best and let the results take care of themselves…. Slow down, lighten up, take it in, let it go and most importantly enjoy the ride. It is but a short one at that.” Kathie Pugaczewski, WordPress blogger at Cast Light.

Shoot it, Sketch it: Moeraki (two) WIP

Moeraki boulders #2, Koekohe Beach, 2013

Moeraki boulders #2, Koekohe Beach, 2013

I’ve been working on Moeraki boulders (two) over the last week and thought it would make a good WIP slideshow. The photographs (below) show inspiration, evaluation, exuberance, regret, pity and perseverance. I’ll post the last stage, abandonment, next week.

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Shoot it, Sketch it: First impressions

Dunedin, photo montage, 2013

Dunedin, photo montage, 2013

Work in progress # 1 – underpainting

Work in progress # 1 – underpainting

I was so impressed with Dunedin’s gorgeous architecture when we were there on holiday last month that I went mad taking photographs ― but then I couldn’t decide which one to paint first… So I arranged a few favourites based on a nine-square grid (editing it in Photoshop and adding a few extra cabbage trees here and there). And now I’m painting it. This may take a while.

Shoot it, Sketch it: Go, moon. Go!

Moon over Moorhouse – acrylic on watercolour paper, 205 x 255 mm, 2013

Moon over Moorhouse – acrylic on watercolour paper, 205 x 255 mm, 2013

Moon over Moorhouse, Christchurch, 2013

Moon over Moorhouse – Christchurch, 2013

The photographs were taken through our car’s dirty windscreen on my nothing-special cellphone (don’t worry, I wasn’t driving). Work in progress shown below.

Moon over Moorhouse, WIP – underpainting

Moon over Moorhouse, WIP – underpainting