Painting Lily Pads on the Great Blue Heron Painting

Painting the lily pad shadow.
Painting the lily pad shadow.

Painting Lily Pads on the Great Blue Heron Painting – Since the last post, I’ve added several lily pads to the pond. To add more lily pads, I took Winsor & Newton Permanent White and painted them on the pond. This will give the green that I will use for the lily pad a brighter color of green by having white beneath it. Also, you want to pay attention to the color of white that you use. For gouache, there are several “white” colors. Permanent White because it is the brightest and most opaque of all the whites. Once I have a solid opaque color of white, I can paint the lily pads green. For consistency, the same green is used that I mixed for the grass, to paint the lily pads.

Painting Lily Pads – Adding Shadows

After adding the additional lily pads.
After adding the additional lily pads.

I want the illusion that the lily pads are elevated above the surface of the water. Therefore shadows are added. When I painted the lake, I mixed a surplus of paint in case I needed to paint it over again. Mixing some of that with Jet Black, I create a shadow color that can be used for the lily pads over the surface of the water. Like white paint, there are different colors of black. Jet Black is best because it is the blackest most opaque black color in gouache. I used a Windsor & Newton Regency Gold 520 #2 to paint my lily pads and a Windsor & Newton Regency Gold 540 #1 liner to paint the shadows.

Painting the lily pad shadow. Note the piece of paper used under my brush hand to protect the painting. Gouache is water based paint.
Painting the lily pad shadow. Note the piece of paper used under my brush hand to protect the painting. Gouache is water based paint.
A close-up of me painting the lily pad shadow with my Windsor & Newton Regency Gold 540 #1.
A close-up of me painting the lily pad shadow with my Windsor & Newton Regency Gold 540 #1.
Here is the Great Blue Heron painting up to now. We will finish it in the next post or two.
Here is the Great Blue Heron painting up to now. We will finish it in the next post or two.

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