Carrie Blake Lilies

Many years ago I took photos of the lily pads at our local Sequim pond.  I have tried painting this scene several times over the years and just could not create the painting I wanted.  Finally I realized I needed to take a smaller bite and crop the reference image until it had just a few major dark and light shapes.  I cut 1/4" foam core and 400 grit UART paper to the size of an existing frame.  I mounted the UART sanded paper to the board, drew in the rough lily shapes with charcoal and then slathered on dark neutralized watercolors.

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