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Heston
02-05-2008, 12:24 AM
Hi Everyone,

I have started a new acrylic painting, 16x20 canvas, of water lilies. Right now the lily pads are mostly done, then there will be some blooms. This is from an image in the ref. lib., I forgot to write down who posted it, but thank you.

This is my second painting in 15 years, so I'm pretty rusty.

Would appreciate any comments, I'm learning so much here. Heston

My image:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Feb-2008/129054-feb4-waterlilies.JPG

Linee
02-05-2008, 06:08 AM
Nice shape to these. I like the variation in the greens and the warmer ochre color throughout. Looking forward to seeing more.

MrsG_SoCal
02-05-2008, 01:23 PM
Great start on this! I can't wait to see it with the blooms.

Welcome back to painting!

Skyenorth
02-05-2008, 01:57 PM
Welcome back to painting too!
This is a great start to returning to painting. Nice colours and shapes here. I like this painting, lovely colour values.

CamiTampa
02-05-2008, 03:01 PM
Looks like an excellent start. I like it so far.
Cami

amotwell
02-05-2008, 09:51 PM
Looking good!

(I have put down the brushes for years at a time, more than once. It comes back to you. . . . However, it really doesn't look like you're rusty at all!)

debee
02-05-2008, 10:46 PM
I didn't paint for 8 years and finally started again four years ago. Angela is right...it really does come back to you. You're off to a good start on this one!

Lady Carol
02-05-2008, 11:25 PM
Agreed about variation in the greens and could use some darks and highlights on the leaves too.

Heston
02-05-2008, 11:30 PM
Thanks everyone for your positive, encouraging comments, appreciate it very much. I'll post my final image once I get the blooms done.

You all have so much talent, I enjoy viewing your work. Heston

gurleygirl
02-05-2008, 11:39 PM
This is a great start. I would push the values of the greens more. What color is the water? It's hard for me to tell. Looking forward to seeing the flowers.
Tracey

Heston
02-06-2008, 12:15 AM
Thanks, I'll add more variation in values, will try anyway. The water is kind of dark. It's very dark on the reference photo, practically looks black. Maybe I should lighten it more. Appreciate the advice. Heston

arl
02-06-2008, 08:51 AM
Nice. I look forward to seeing more.

TxAggieDarlin
02-06-2008, 10:57 AM
I really like this and I cannot imagine doing all those leaves. Great job