Lily Pond, 20143, Jo-Ann Sanborn
oil on canvas, 12x12
The effect of light on this little lily pond in France varied with the weather. If it was cloudy, as it was much of the time, the pond would remain dark and mysterious and full of hidden character. When the sun was out, the reflection of the sky in the pool was much lighter, and the pond would dance and sparkle with color.
The day I painted the pond, to the sound of the two large bullfrogs croaking to gain the attention of a rotund female, the day was overcast. But by the time I finished, the sun had come out, warming and opening the lovely pink flowers.
I chased the light in this painting -- something students are advised not to do because of the danger of painting shadow shapes and lengths inconsistently as the day progresses. I think it works here, though, because of the dark mystery of the early morning really set off the bright flowers of noon.