“Water Lillies I”
Although it was painted in 1977, I remember this painting well: it was from one of my first watercolor classes in school; we trekked out to a small swamp in South Georgia and painted water lillies that were just starting to bloom. I remember ants crawling across my paper and bees drowning in my mixing water. Although it was only spring, the temperature rose fast and I got a good first dose of what I would later learn was called “plein air painting”.
I always liked this painting and after a few decades with my parents, it ended up in my possession. I can tell that it was painted on a student grade paper – probably 90 lb – and I suspect there may have been a tad bit of color that has dropped out. Back then I flirted with fugitive colors that I don’t go anywhere near today. The painting has held up well despite…
to see a second, studio version of this painted almost 10 years later, click here to see “Water Lillies II”.