After doing the front of my art journal with a lotus (in previous post), I HAD to do more like it, so I did two 8"x10" paintings inspired by it. This is one, and I'll show the other one in another post.
This photo above shows the beginning stage of it. First I painted the base colors, then I smeared on a thick coat of Heavy Gel Medium and drew into it while wet. After letting that dry overnight I started to paint it.
As you can see it looked quite different at this stage. I liked it but it didn't feel quite right to me, so I put it aside for a week or so. When I went back to it, I just kept adding layer after layer of paints and glazes until I finally liked it.
To finish it off I gold-leafed and antiqued the sides of the canvas, then put a few coats of sealer over the whole thing.
So now I think I'm addicted to painting water lilies/lotuses! I'm planning on doing some bigger ones like this too. I think it'll be fun! And I still have a couple more finished ones to share with you.
For a while now I had been wanting to do a series of some kind, and realized that's what this is... my accidental waterlily series! There's nothing like a good "Happy Accident" is there?