May 23rd, 2015

Water Lilies

Artist: Michael Broshar, United States
Artist Statement: My subjects are usually based on the places I visit, or interesting subjects that I find in photographs. My architectural background leads me towards painting architectural subjects, but I find interesting subjects in the world around me. I travel the countryside of Iowa and find the rural landscapes, monumental small town structures, and the industrial areas of the rivers to be compelling.

I do a small value sketch with pencil to determine composition and values. When traveling, I like to paint a sketch, and have been using a Stilman & Birn Alpha Series sketchbook. I also use the sketchbook for studies in the studio to work on technique and composition. The paper will take washes very well, and I often lift pigment off to create highlights in the finished sketch.

Water Lilies sketch is a different subject for me, but the compositional concepts are the consistent with my other work. I created it in the studio working from a photograph.

I laid down a series of washes using mixtures of yellow ochre, French ultramarine, pthalo blue GS and burnt sienna. I used negative painting with a darker blue wash to define the leaves and to create depth in the water. Once satisfied with the values, I used a pale blue wash around the outer parts of the painting to soften and blend the outer areas of the painting and create focus in the center. I added detail with a rigger brush and created highlights with white gouache. Flicking small light and dark drops at the bottom created texture for the rocks.

To view some of my work, please visit

MEDIA: Watercolor and gouache
SURFACE: Alpha Series – Heavyweight – 150 gsm – White – Medium Grain Finish

Water Lilies 6x9 (1024x638)


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