People start with “a twinkle in someone’s eye” as the saying goes. Lily started with the sparkle on the water, painted with a dry brush technique, over a blue and yellow wash.
The sketch was drawn to follow the light pattern across the water. As she observed the lone lily, Janice noticed that lilies don’t sit on top of lily pads. They float beside them on their own stems.
The colour was removed from the lily, back to the white of the paper. The lily pads were fleshed in, taking great care to paint around the individual petals of the lone lily. Next came her reflection and then the water was deepened in colour, in the foreground and on the side away from the light source.
Colour was lifted from the dark water to create additional sparkle. The painting was cropped and voila…..Lily!