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Just a great day painting :)

August 13, 2016

16Jun26_WaterLillies_MTL Botanical

Sometimes there’s not much to say about a painting except, wow, I had a great time with this one.

Two months ago USK:MTL was out at the botanical garden for our monthly meetup. I ended up wandering off on my own and finding this pond with some slightly out of season water lilies.

It was incredibly nice painting weather. When it’s hot and dry with a nice breeze? Perfect for my kind of wet-on-dry watercolor. The paint get’s whiny if it’s humid. On a hot dry day you can easily work in layers. Less waiting around for paper to dry.

16Jun26_WaterLillies_MTL Botanical_Detail

I feel like a dedicated painter would haul their gear out into the hinterlands and find some amazing vista. But sometimes you can just have a great day painting in a park at home. I was just having fun watching the fish, dragon flies and these cute turtles paddling around the pond.


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Fingers crossed to get a few more of these days as we head into second summer!


30 Comments leave one →
  1. August 13, 2016 1:05 PM

    Love your great day painting. Can’t wait for you to be in Pawleys Island and share your talent with the SCWS group. Brenda Lawson, President SCWS

  2. August 13, 2016 1:08 PM


  3. August 13, 2016 1:15 PM

    Great painting-love the closeup of the turtle. What size is this?

  4. August 13, 2016 1:16 PM

    Mark it’s gorgeous.The colors:)

  5. August 13, 2016 1:17 PM

    Love it. Good job!!

  6. Gayle permalink
    August 13, 2016 2:07 PM

    Totally mesmerizing! The magic of that day just leaps right off your sketch and enters the eye of the reader. I usually call this a “kodak moment”, but in this case, a plein air moment to be long remembered. Thrilled that I got to enter your world vicariously for that magic moment. Thank you Marc.

  7. August 13, 2016 2:13 PM

    Love the colours! As always you know how to capture the feeling.

  8. August 13, 2016 2:55 PM

    The joy shines through. I agree with Nancy, Gayle and Monique: the colours are fabulous.

  9. August 13, 2016 4:13 PM

    Those colors absolutely slay me! Love this!

  10. Annie permalink
    August 13, 2016 4:31 PM

    Yeah man to all the above (from a woman of few words)!

  11. August 13, 2016 4:37 PM

    I love this, well done it’s fantastic x

  12. Toni Cummins permalink
    August 13, 2016 5:06 PM

    Your happiness shines through this lovely painting, capturing the light and ever changing foliage. Great to see your work evolving , Marc and thanks for reminding me that everyday life is worth painting and it’s right on our doorstep.

  13. August 13, 2016 5:07 PM

    Stunning work – brilliant!

  14. August 13, 2016 9:58 PM

    It totally shows – WOW! I want to paint like that one day.

  15. Sharon Nolfi permalink
    August 14, 2016 3:45 AM

    Beautiful work. I’d love to know your process. It looks like there’s a rough pencil sketch underneath. Then, did you paint from light to dark? (I’m a beginner – took both your Craftsy classes).

    • August 14, 2016 8:44 AM

      Thats right Sharon – loose sketch, as simple as possible, then painting larger to smaller, lighter to darker, wetter to dryer :)

  16. Taia permalink
    August 14, 2016 5:13 AM

    Lovely happy painting :)

  17. Kaushik Chakraborty permalink
    August 14, 2016 6:12 AM

    Very lively capture.Dancing of brushes and colors are completely in sync.A perfect show.Thank you Marc for sharing.

  18. August 14, 2016 6:41 AM

    Reblogged this on Ben2gt and commented:
    It must take a lot of time making all these detalj.
    The painting is really Great!

  19. LauraLu permalink
    August 14, 2016 8:52 AM

    Wow, this is beautiful! I would like to ask, How… But I can see this one came straight from the eye of your heart. Beautiful capture, colors, everything. Thanks so much for sharing

  20. Mother or Marc permalink
    August 14, 2016 9:25 AM

    Your granma would have been very proud of you.

  21. August 14, 2016 10:09 AM

    Also, glad you put a link to the Montreal Urban Sketchers Event. I signed up for the emails for that blog, but doesn’t seem to work.
    Happy Painting Marc. You’re work is very inspiring!!
    Nora MacPhail

  22. August 15, 2016 12:17 AM

    This is spectacular! I really love how delicate the colors look. Wow. You are my hero.

  23. Romy permalink
    August 15, 2016 10:35 PM

    Oh, my God, it’s wondeful!! The combination of colours you used is perfect. You had a lot of work, but it was absolutely worth it!

  24. hzhuodie permalink
    August 17, 2016 6:53 PM

    such a fantastic painting!
    I have watched your video from ArtistNetwork which is also wonderful! thanks so much for sharing those with us ^-^
    BTW, a question about brush: Do you like the #14 Escoda Reserva Kolinsky-tajmyr sable? How does it compare to the #3 Da vinci Artissimo 428 mop? I see you used both of them, just wondering which is better, because I want to switch to sable brush. Thanks in advance! Look forward to your next painting!

    • August 17, 2016 8:19 PM

      Oops deleted my own comment by accident! Anyway – thanks for the kind words :) Great to hear from someone watching the artist network stuff. That doesn’t get as much AirPlay as the Craftsy classes usualy :)

      So, as far as the brushes, they’re both great – I would just get whatever I could find locally for the best price. It’s hard sometimes to get exactly what you want. Sable never seems to be reliably in stock. At least in Canada. And I don’t order brushes online as I like to try before I buy :) Feel the spring and test the points

      Just stick with real sable and you probably won’t go wrong with any of the hand made brands – Escoda, DaVinci, Winsor and Newton or Holbein, Rosemary and Co, etc.

  25. November 5, 2016 11:31 AM

    Really lovely paintings.

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