Thanks everyone for the great comments!
Great suggestion Ian. I am looking at doing that, but haven't yet figured out how to achieve it with the self leveling gel I use for the finish of the water. It creates a great illusion of depth that can't be seen in the photograph. That's why I posted the side shot - straight on you can't see the reflective nature of the gel.
I'm already experimenting with other colours added to the gel and how perfectly I can level the table to have some control over how far the reflections "flow" during the drying process. Also, I'm thinking about whether I can paint the reflections prior to adding the gel, and still have them read as relfections.
But before doing that, I'm going to do at least a few alla prima studies to improve the expressiveness of the lilies and lily pads. I'm happy with the rendering, but wish I'd included more colour variation.
Comments and critique actively sought and much appreciated!
Rick. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pigment storm . . . watch the paint fly!