Blue Water Lily and Bee
Photograph by Carol Reynolds
This is one of many photographs I have taken of the water lilies at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikiki. I have meant to paint from this reference photo for a long time and today was the day I finally began a rough lay in with oils on gallery wrapped canvas . The very beginning stage is shown below. Much work needs to be done and, yes, I intend to include the bee in the painting.
Blue Water Lily
9" x 12" oil Work in Progress
Below is another photograph, this time of red water lilies; although, I admit, they look more like a dark pink.
Red Water Lilies - photograph by Carol Reynolds
This photograph is a reference for the oil painting in progress shown below:
Stage One of oil water lilies
12" x 16" oil on gallery wrap canvas
I wasn't very satisfied with the colors and the arrangement so I changed things up a bit in the very very rough work in progress below.
I intend to make some lily pads a brownish-pink and also maybe more pink in the water. I wanted bright red water lilies but may change them to a dark pink for more color harmony. I have really been experimenting with this painting.
Below is a rough beginning stage of barns in a field of wildflowers. It has a long way to go.
8" x 10" oil work in progress
I felt the need to work small for a while, but once I finish these 3 paintings I intend to paint some larger works.