The lily pads amazingly enough still look like they’re sort of “flying” over the background. I was hoping to keep that effect rather than having them blend into the surface texture like the previous paintings in this series have portrayed them. There are probably a couple of more layers to go–I need to get more variation in the values (contrast) and also change the color of the pads a bit, nothing radical.
It’s kind of unfortunate that photographs don’t do most paintings much justice. This one is a lot more luminous and blended than it appears here. Also a lot of my paintings only have their best effect when viewed from a distance. This one is no exception. Maybe someone can invent a “make your blog post painting look far away” effect…LOL!