“I’m Lovin’ it” (not Mickey D’s)


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Maybe 10 hours later, a finished product. Sky Pads 21.

This image is pretty close to reality. It always helps to be able to photograph in some good light.

I mentioned earlier that I would post Sky Pads 17 side by side with this one so you can see what I borrowed from the first one to create this one–since I have pretty much run out of source material until the lily pads reappear in spring.

I did relocate the center portion of 17, moving it down a bit to weight the lower portion of 21 and eliminating some reflections. The rest I skipped since 21 was a vertical and no more content was needed.

So now what? I really don’t want to wait at least 2 more months for wintry Michigan to decide it’s spring, so I may make one more slow trudge through my mountains of photos and see if I can come up with just one more idea. Don’t worry, you all will be the first to know!

About Alli Farkas

Equine and landscape artist specializing in rural Americana
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12 Responses to “I’m Lovin’ it” (not Mickey D’s)

  1. Mangiardi, Paul says:

    Great post and beautiful painting, Alli.

    Any plans on coming to IL this Spring / Summer?

    I hope all is well with you.

    Paul D. Mangiardi


    • Alli Farkas says:

      Yes!!! I will be in your neighborhood! I’m in the Barrington Art Festival May 25-26, the Chicago Botanical Garden Art Festival July 5-7, and the Affordable Art Sale at Old Orchard in Skokie September 21-22. The first two will feature a whole bunch of my lily pad paintings and the last one is an artist’s “fire sale” of older works that I would love to clear out, mostly landscapes.  I’m looking forward to a great summer!


  2. Nancy A Powers says:

    21 is my favorite…the purple got me!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Alli Farkas says:

    Thinking royally, aren’t we?💗


  4. Emma Cownie says:

    The lily pads are quite mesmerizing, beautiful work … its a pain to have to trawl through photos looking for inspiration. When we have weeks of clouds and gloom in the winter months I am often doing it too. It’s why I take so many photos in the first place.

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    • Alli Farkas says:

      I think we’ve had an average of about 2 sunny days per month since November…and those were not warm days! This weather is getting rather old.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Emma Cownie says:

        Odd, is putting it mildly. We just had two days of really warm weather. The sort of days that would be really nice in April and its still February. Climate change is knocking all the weather patterns out of kilter, its very worrying (although I will freely admit two days of warm sunny weather are very enjoyable).


      • Emma Cownie says:

        By the way, my paints arrived and I tried your mix of Indian yellow and dioxazine purple – amazing! Both very useful colours together and on their own. Pthalo Green I already had – it has an amzing ability to get everywhere (my clothes, hands, arms and even feet, I was painting without socks on). Do have any more favourite/unexpected mixes to recomend?


  5. karinbielefeld says:

    Nice job! I liked 17 the pads looked like they are on water, 21 looked like they were floating in sky. So its wonderful how you took the same thing and gave it different context. Love it.

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  6. Beautiful work, Alli, the colours the and the elegant forms. It’s like the lily pads are flying – or more to the point, they look like butterflies.

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