Sunday, October 7, 2012

WHITE WATER LILY - New Watercolor Painting

When I think of fabulous flowers, the water lily instantly comes to mind! I've taken hundreds of photos of them over the years, but this is the first time that I have attempted to paint one. I guess that before this time I felt that I needed more experience to try it.

There are a lot of challenges here. Besides figuring out how to paint essentially white petals, giving them a sense of depth and interest, I had to understand how to paint a reflection in water. Even though I liked how the reflection petals looked in the middle painting, there was no sense of movement in the water. To give this sensation, I pulled the color from the water across the flower reflection. Also, I wanted to "push back" the lily pad behind the flower and make the blossom "pop." To create this effect, I darkened and added blues and browns for interest and depth. I hope that I achieved these goals in the final painting.

Below are a few of the stages in the creation of this painting.

by Barbara Rosenzweig
I hope that you enjoy this new watercolor painting and can see why I made the changes I did. 'Love to hear your comments!



  1. Barb, this is absolutely beautiful!! Love the colours and how serene it looks:)
    Its amazing how you got the reflection in the water!! really nice job:)

  2. Barbara,
    Your White Water Lily is a lovely painting. I appreciate your explanation of why and how you worked with the color, light and shadows to achieve the results you were after. When I first saw the painting I immediately thought of my recent photo of basically the same subject, a white water lily and it's reflection in the water. It's posted on my photo page if you want to compare.

  3. Your water lilly is beautiful. You have a lovely touch with watercolors!
    ♥ Jil


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