For four days in July of 2014, I attended a watercolor workshop led by Karlyn Holman in her gallery/studio in Washburn, Wisconsin. It was a whirlwind of new techniques, insights and one-liners from one of the most spirited and talented artists I’ve known. This painting was my chef d’oeuvre of the week and one of the lessons Karlyn taught. With the waterlily painting we were supposed to learn the importance of underpaintings and allowing the first washes of color to glow through in the final product. The rich oranges and yellows you see in the water, in addition to the indigo shadows beneath the leaves and blossoms, were all painted in the very first steps with one very wet wash. These colors set the tone for the painting as a whole.