When I started this painting, I thought there would be trees, distant sky, and of course the outcrop and water. Plans change.Once I started working on the granite and its reflection in the water, I realized that the grand, timeless dignity of the granite deserved to be the focus of the painting. I eliminated almost everything else, but kept the staggering yellow lilies – not just for their color, but because they epitomized transience in contrast to the nearly unchanging rockface. A slight indication of the water’s current implies eternal change, but also allowed me to bring subtle blue into the water. Moss on the granite speaks to damp and shadow while providing an excuse to distribute touches of green throughout the painting. The depth of illusion and reflection in the water, along with the subtle color and stark composition, gives the painting an abstract feel. Enjoy. Details below.