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Every summer, when the lotus season comes around, I head to the waterlily pond at the Green Spring Gardens Park in Alexandria to greet these glorious flowers. The sun was high when I took the reference photo and the flowers and huge leaves all glowed with translucency. Initially, I left the background white, but it didn't work. When I dropped the dark, granulating paints and allowed them mingle on the paper, the painting began to glow!