9X12 Acrylic Sketch on Canvas: I grew up on this lake in Emmetsburg, Iowa watching these Lotus flowers and now back for a visit, I decided to try and capture the differing layers within this subject. First are the floating pads on the surface, then the fluttering pads hanging from the stalks, the heavy shadows under these hanging pad, lotus blossoms themselves, and finally all the reflections and ripples in the lake surface. Lots to look at in only an hour quick study. This kind of works from about 8 foot away, so I am encouraged. Edward Manet could probably do it better, but I’m encouraged.