Easy Way To Paint Reflections In Water
Surprisingly Easy Method Uses A Basic Technique
This is the easiest way to create soft, indistinct reflections. It’s an easy skill to learn and creates very believable reflections.
Reflections In Water
The best way to create “water” in your paintings is to make sure it looks reflective. No matter the size or form of the body of water you are painting – from the smallest puddle to open ocean – needs to look reflective.
Creating reflections that look right is simply a matter of adding an indication of the reflected object into the surface of the water. Surprisingly, this can often be the barest minimum of shape or color. It really doesn’t take much since reflections are often very indistinct.
This method in this lesson really hangs on simple Wet-In-Wet painting technique. This is a simple and basic watercolor painting technique that is hard to master. This lesson will help you learn to manage wet-in-wet washes and marks while learning the easy way to reflections.
What you’ll need
- Brushes –Medium Round and Small Round
- Colors – Cool yellow like Aureolin Mix, Cobalt Blue, French Ultramarine Blue , Burnt Sienna and Raw Sienna
- Watercolor paper – preferably Arches 140lb Cold Press cut to about 7″ x 11″ or so
Easy Way To Paint Puddles
Puddles are common on country roads and they are great compositional elements at well. It doesn’t take much to get them right!
Use Simple Techniques
Puddles are easy to paint – the trick is quick, confident strokes and then to leave them alone.
These techniques will work for many different kinds of water, especially lakes and quiet streams.
This lesson gives you two quick practice scenes.
Summer Landscape With Light Puddle
Learn to add good looking puddles to your paintings and practice important basic techniques: wet-in-wet, dry-in-wet, and drybrush. This is and small, simple and easy exercise that will add to your skills and show you how to add this common sight to your landscapes.
Work on painting standing water in this small landscape painting that features a large, foreground puddle. This is a small work that will give you practice not only on getting puddles right, but in using the wet-into-wet and dry-into-wet techniques.
The scene is a summer landscape on a misty, rainy day. Soft texture abounds on a day like this as the mist softens and fades individual objects. Scenes like this on days like this require a lot of wet-in-wet passages to form those soft edges. This lesson gives you lots of practice in both.
How To Paint Water
This set of lessons teaches the basic ideas, techniques and methods needed to get great looking water in your watercolor paintings.
Water is one of the more challenging subjects in to paint. It has several important characteristics to dublicate and it very complex - even the stillest of water is constantly moving.
These lessons will guide you through by showing what you need to know and demonstrating the techniques that work.
Landscape Painting Lessons
Seascape Painting Lessons
Still Life & Floral Painting Lessons