It's the third day of Leslie Saeta's 30 in 30 challenge. I'm continuing on the theme of lotus flower studies from my archive of over 300 photographs I took of the Manchurian Lotus flower blooms at Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens in Washington DC.
I prefer painting flowers from life. However, the lotus flowers have a short 3 to 4 day bloom period in late June and July. Taking pictures is key to being able to paint them year round. To build up my visual memory, I typically spend hours each day staring at the flower carefully observing the colors, how it moves, how it grows, and how it dies.
Today's flower is a tight bud that you see right before the full flower emerges. It's a small tight bud rising up from the murky waters. In a day or two, it will open up from the tight bud into a flower the size of a dinner plate. To me, the process is quite fascinating to watch.