Water Lilies / oil

Victoria Cruziana, native to South America

Victoria Cruziana, native to South America

When I was working on this painting a lady stopped to talk to me. We agreed that everyone likes water lilies and she said we relate them to the human condition. I asked “How so?” and she said “Staying afloat.”

A lady working in the conservatory was checking my progress and after I told her I was waiting for the giant water lilies she came out and gave me water lily updates. We were talking about the kids throwing pennies on the lily pads. I asked her if they might sink and she said no. They are structurally strong and can hold up to 60 lbs. weight if it’s evenly distributed. She said she hasn’t tested this theory. That’s one thing I like about drawing in plein air, people give me insight and info on my subject.

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