This work is not yet finished, I just wanted to post something here today. I based this from a photo of a rose I took from Lidice memorial park in Czech Republic. The park was mostly planted with different colors of roses when I was there in 2009. See also my other post in this blog titled Lidice Rose to know more about the park. I made that first Lidice rose when I was just learning to paint with watercolors.
This is my first try on water lily. I based this on a photo I took in the summer of 2007 when we were walking in the 'Haagse Bos' in The Hague. There I saw a small lake covered with water lilies and other water plants. There are hard edges in this piece particularly in the background, and I'm thinking to let them just like that. The shadows are not very visible in the flower, I think I will make them darker.
I normally don't use the flash from my camera when I take picture of my painting, so that could be the reason why the color in the picture is much softer than the original. Just like in this church ruins, the color is much livelier in the original. Numerous volcanic eruptions in 1814 buried this church in southern Philippines. And what remains was only this image which became one of the famous landmarks in that region. This is based on the photo by Donald C. Tapan published by NBS 2010. I still want to improve this painting.