Here is “Underwater Lotus.”
Like my last painting, Dragonfly and Fish, an underwater cross-section shows the stems, large glossy leaves, and root ball of the underwater part of the lotus plant, with the open flower appearing to burst up into the golden sunshine above the water’s surface.
Delicate bubbles float all around the plant under the water.
The surface is textured with the thick marks of the palette knife.
The warmth and energetic movement in this painting livens up a room with a joyous feeling.
The painting continues around the 2.5″ deep edges of the canvas.
This is the final painting out of the six Lotus paintings of this size I’ve completed in the past month! I have finished, on average, one per week. Considering these are fairly large-scale canvases, 24″ x 36″, I feel quite accomplished, considering I’m also in the process of planning several shows, preparing to deliver artwork to several different galleries, and working to finish my studio before Portland Open Studios!
My next huge project in the studio will be a series of new Eclipse paintings to prepare for my eclipse-themed solo show coming up next year. I’m so excited about my beginning plans for these new paintings! I’ll be incorporating human figures into some of them.
However, as I’m sketching out these ideas and new images are percolating in my mind, I plan to slow down the pace of my painting for a while as I finally finish my new studio and move in.