Painting an Impressionist Monet Bridge Over Lilies

This is the second Monet painting in a series that I’m creating to teach at my Paint Nite events. This new one is called “Impressionist Monet Bridge Over Lilies.” You can search the title  + ‘Paint Nite’ to find out if it’s being taught in your area.

See the first one, “Impressionist Monet Water Lilies” here.

paint dark red areas to map out painting
Map out the composition. Using dark red I outlined the three parallel lines on the bridge, the reflection of the bridge in a smile shape, and that scrubby line under the three rainbows is the shoreline. I would make these all a bit thicker when I teach it.
Working from the dark red over to blueish purple, scrub in with the drybrush technique the shadowy areas. While the edges are fuzzy, the shapes should be opaque.
Working from the dark red over to blueish purple, scrub in with the drybrush technique the shadowy areas. While the edges are fuzzy, the shapes should be opaque.
I load my brush with blue and yellow and it mixes to a streaky green right on the canvas. Fill in the pond area around the reddish colored reflection. Its blue with a little teeny bit of white in some areas.
I load my brush with blue and yellow and it mixes to a streaky green right on the canvas. Fill in the pond area around the reddish colored reflection. Its blue with a little teeny bit of white in some areas.
Here you are with the finished emerald green painted pond.
Here you are with the finished emerald green painted pond.
Next up, chartreuse. Its lotsa yellow and a little little bit of blue, and it just piles right on top of the shoreline. Theres a little bit above the bridge but not much. Use vertical brush strokes, let it be streaky.
Next up, chartreuse. Its lotsa yellow and a little little bit of blue, and it just piles right on top of the shoreline. Theres a little bit above the bridge but not much. Use vertical brush strokes, let it be streaky.
Finish the top of the painting with more of that emerald green - teal combo.
Finish the top of the painting with more of that emerald green – teal combo. Use that dark green to add in some grassy texture along the shoreline, too.
Go over those dark red arcs with light blue. Its okay if that dark red shows through. Then add four vertical lines for the posts on the back of the bridge. IT looks good, but its a little flat.
Go over those dark red arcs with light blue. Its okay if that dark red shows through. Then add four vertical lines for the posts on the back of the bridge. It looks good, but it’s a little flat.
Use regular blue to add partial shadows in the bottom of the arcs. You dont have to completely paint over the light blue.
Use regular blue to add partial shadows in the bottom of the arcs. You don’t have to completely paint over the light blue.
Light blue again, but with just a tint of yellow to get seafoam. Put in the front railings of the bridge; four vertical posts and a rainbow overtop. They are above and beside the back railings.
Light blue again, but with just a tint of yellow to get seafoam. Put in the front railings of the bridge; four vertical posts and a rainbow overtop. They are above and beside the back railings.
Use white to highlight the front posts and railings. The white paint will make it pop forward!
Use white to highlight the front posts and railings. The white paint will make it pop forward! You can see this is where I added more paint to the red shadows, but I recommend teaching it this thick to begin with so you don’t have to go back. Every color change takes time.
Now were on the home stretch. Pale green streaks with the round brush begin the lily pads.
Now we are on the home stretch. Pale green streaks with the round brush begin the lily pads.
Layer those lily pads in varying green all the way to the bottom of the canvas.
Layer those lily pads in varying green all the way to the bottom of the canvas.
The lotus flowers are little three petaled Ws joined at the bottom. They are just three little brush strokes pivoting at the bottom.
The lotus flowers are little three petaled Ws joined at the bottom. They are just three little brush strokes pivoting at the bottom.
Add in some more streaky grasses in the shoreline if youve got a few more minutes.
Add in some more streaky grasses in the shoreline if you’ve got a few more minutes.