Broken Branches & Lilly Pads

Updated: May 21

Some days we don't get out early enough to capture golden hour light. Some days are just gray and nondescript. Yet there is always something to paint.

On a recent Sunday painting session I went down to the trails near the lake in our community with the intention of capturing a scene featuring a sunlit sky. Perhaps, even some wispy clouds, treetops, and distant mountains. Well, my day did not go according to plan.

We got a late start and the haze was thick so the lighting did not offer anything of interest among the standard natural features I'm drawn to. So I headed into the hiking trail and sought something interesting under the tree canopy.

After a very short hike, I spotted a nice flat area near the lake shore covered in moss and leaves so I set up my easel and painted there for about two hours. The juxtaposition of lights and darks, a broken tree branch partially submerged in the water, plus the recently surfaced lily pads drew my attention to this scene.

If I am fortunate enough to live a long healthy life, and if we remain in our current home for any amount of time, I imagine I will paint this scene quite a few times. At least I hope so.

Wile painting this scene, I was bathing in the music of the songbirds in the shade. Later on that same music was accompanied by the not too distant beat of an outdoor Zumba Class. I also was greeted briefly by a hiker walking with her dog and a fisherman who complimented my work as he swiftly walked by.

I could have painted here all day but there was a lot of other work to do so I packed up and went home.

Here is a link to a short video that provides greater insight into the process followed to create this painting...

You can view the full-length video at normal speed on my Patreon Page

Hope you & yours are well. Stay safe & be well,


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