Time to call it a day for this exercise, and I’m even pleased enough to sign this one – it’s something I should probably have been doing from the beginning, regardless of the quality.
I think the grassy bank at the back is working much better today after adding some Indigo and Viridian green patches, and the large leaf has had another wash with the veins touched up afterwards… they’d faded a bit.
I promised my Mum I would also post the photo I’ve been working from so you can see where it all originated. Perhaps I should do this right at the beginning of each painting in future, I can imagine it would bring some perspective to my daily ramblings. However, on the other hand it might spoil the surprise each day 🙂 I’ll think about it…
So anyway, here is the whole photo, taken at the Chinese Garden of Friendship in Sydney about a year ago. I couldn’t get very close to the lotus flower so it’s a wide landscape which has been severely cropped for this painting. It was also a very grey day with lots of rain, so there’s not really much in the way of directional lighting but the colours were certainly more vibrant as a result.