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Old 11-20-2012, 06:16 AM
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Eastern Splendour

Lotus flowers are very popular in China and during summer, lakes and ponds are covered with their huge leaves. Unfortunately, these plants flower in August, which is not a good time to visit China because it is very hot und humid. The last time though, we went in early September 2010 because we were taking our kids who had to get back to University 3 weeks later, and caught the tail end of the lotus season. As you can see, the blossoms had mostly gone, so no close-up pictures for me.



Beihai park, Beijing




Summer Palace near Beijing




Confucius Temple, Beijing



You can imagine my happy surprise when during a trip to see friends in southern Germany last summer, I discovered a pond full of nearly open lotus flowers in the tiny local botanical garden. So the next day I went back first thing in the morning and found them all opened; truly a glorious sight!

















I took home loads of photos and come up with one painting out of them.
This is done on Fisher 400 sanded paper with hard and soft pastels and a few pastels sticks:




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Re: Eastern Splendour

Dorothea, wonderful photos!! Love that you finally found some that were blooming, too! Your painting is wonderful work!! Love the different layers of leaves and the beauty glowing in the midst!

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Old 11-20-2012, 12:50 PM
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Thank you, Katherine! Ooops, forgot the size; it's my usual 9"x12"!

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Re: Eastern Splendour

Agree the photos are wonderful but I'm really loving your pastel drawing, wow that is so pretty and so very well done. Love all the variances in color of the greens and the flower itself is just stunning..awesome job!!

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Old 11-20-2012, 04:25 PM
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Thank you, Elaine! Lotus flowers really have the most perfect blossoms and the leaves are beautiful, too!
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Beautiful pastel painting. I thought it was a photo
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Old 11-21-2012, 12:18 PM
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Thank you, Paula! I normally work in a more painterly style (or try to ), but both my florals ended up being more realist paintings, but I am still happy with them
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