The lily and the frog

This summer I’m exploring lots of spots in Montreal that I haven’t painted at in several years. And loving it. Like the pond next to Baie d’Urfé City Hall. It’s a multi-level pond with an upper area that seems to be under construction, but thankfully the lower level still has water in it. And one lily. And a frog that kept me company while I painted.

When I paint water and reflections, I try to do most of the work with only two washes. In this case, the first layer is the light colours of the water (and sky reflections) and the light greens of the lily pads. The second layer, which is worked wet-in-wet, is the darks of the reflections. If you’re interested in seeing how I do this in more detail, have a look at my newest online class “Still, Rushing, Falling Water.” You can watch three full-length demos and see lots of closeups on the palette and the paper. Feedback for the course has been really positive, which makes me very happy.

16 Comments on “The lily and the frog”

  1. garrystafford says:

    Love it!


  2. ljsumner says:

    Absolutely beautiful!


  3. Sheryl thurston says:

    I’m having trouble logging in to purchase your course.


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  4. Chris Rusk says:

    I love all your ‘waters’ – they are so inspirational. Depth is always so clear and perfect!


  5. Starr Mifsud says:

    The ‘Still, Rushing, Falling Water’ course is great. Encouraging and motivating.


  6. Starr Mifsud says:

    The ‘Still, Rushing, Falling Water’ course is great. Encouraging and motivating.


  7. This is great Shari. I’m glad you’re getting out to your old favourite spots. Will the botanical gardens open this summer?
    You are a very skilled painter, but also a master drawer and observer, as is evident in this lovely piece. At the risk of repeating myself, I’m in awe of your skill with the dry brush stroke.
    I’m looking forward to the course!


  8. joantav says:

    Well done! There is always so much going on in lily ponds with all the pads, the flowers, the sky, the reflections. You nailed it!


  9. Nice pond, I’ve been painting the Hostas in my backyard, the closest things I have to waterlillies on my property.


  10. I found the frog! 🙂


  11. mhmcjunkin says:

    Hi Shari,

    I want to purchase the bundle for $60. Is there a time limit on how long you can assess?




  12. Uma Maheswar Nakka says:

    Good Evening Dear friend Shari,
    Very beautiful and realistic look, especially the water reflection.
    Very well done with nice color composition.

    All the best and good luck.
    Have a beautiful day every day, like your paintings.
    God bless you and your whole family.
    My blessings to you and your whole family.
    With love and regards


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