This was one for the long haul

Final photo lighting is better than in-progress shots, so it looks a bit different but is more accurate.

Sky Pads 29 required an inordinate amount of rumination. Each time I would complete a section I had to think about how the next was going to go. It all looks harmonious, but this one was tricky because of the 6 layers of paint forming the background.

Normally I can paint over a background and my glazes will not dissolve the layers underneath. In order to obtain the bright colors in the lily pads I painted their silhouettes white so I would have a consistent base to work with. It didn’t seem to matter how long I let that white undercoat dry, the paint laid down on top of it dissolved the white to one degree or another. This is probably because the layers underneath created a very smooth surface–the canvas at this point had hardly any “tooth” to it. However, I went with the flow and accepted the challenge of dealing with it until I got the look I was after. I spent my “waiting time” painting the wood for the frame. So as soon as this is good and dry, we do some varnish coats and install the frame. That will be the joyous end of the long haul…

About Alli Farkas

Equine and landscape artist specializing in rural Americana
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17 Responses to This was one for the long haul

  1. Jean Fargo says:

    This could be my favorite of your series. Just love it. Jean

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  2. Alli Farkas says:

    It’s great to get “could be my favorite” from a fellow artist. Thanks, Jean!


  3. Kandy says:

    I can see the luminous effect. Did you use a titanium zinc, or mixing white?

    Liked by 2 people

    • Alli Farkas says:

      Titan zinc from Gamblin. Almost all my colors are from Gamblin except for a couple they don’t make in the size tube I want. I like to buy large tubes because they’re more economical.


  4. chris ludke says:

    The light on that is beautiful!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. anne leueen says:

    This is wonderful! The lily pads have a life of their own! Well done Alli! I think this is one of my favourites. Maybe even my number 1 favorite of your works.

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  6. Emma Cownie says:

    Such beautiful work. Why is this series called skypads? LillyPADS, yes. But why sky? If you explained this months ago I am sorry I missed it.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Alli Farkas says:

      This is a series, and I decided to let it meander somewhat since I knew it was going to do that of its own accord no matter what I thought about it. So it started out when I took some photos four years ago of lily pads in the Mill Pond behind my house. I was looking for composition not lighting effects so I didn’t notice that on this bright but cloudy windless day that the clouds reflecting on the water made the lily pads look like they were floating in the sky. I didn’t see it until I offloaded the photos into my computer, then decided that this would be a neat way to go. The first 20 or so renderings stuck pretty close to this theme but then as always happens started to go their own way. I will most likely return to the theme sooner or later so I kept the title of the paintings going. If you’d like to see them all in one place you can visit my website
      Thanks for your very logical inquiry!


  7. Kathy Noone says:

    This painting is so beautiful Alli. It is gallery worthy anywhere. Magnificant!

    Liked by 1 person

  8. jofox2108 says:

    This looks amazing!!


  9. Nancy Powers says:

    This is my absolute favorite….and there have been many wonderful Sky Pads to choose from!

    Liked by 1 person

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