View Full Version : Wet & Rainy - Help needed

10-23-2005, 07:11 PM
I practiced painting a rainy, blustery day and came to the conclusion rain is one of the most difficult things to paint, not to mention figures, buildings, etc. :D You can tell what I mean when you look at this 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" study, that I need a lot of practice with all three. So my question is, how would you paint rain?

I tried steaks, then rewetting and putting in drops of color, lifting, plus used masking take for streaks, and painting along the edge of a ruler. The only part of this study I sort of like is the red umbrella.

Thanks for the input,

P.S. I'm not great with perspective either :(

10-23-2005, 07:23 PM
Perhaps if things were just a wee less blurry it would make you happier with it. But personally I think you did pretty darn good ,especially for such a small study . I also like the red umbrella .

10-23-2005, 07:50 PM
Thanks Pearl, I appreciate the input. If it was rainy, wouldn't the buildings be more blurred? I was thinking of lifting some of the color from the lamp post even.


10-23-2005, 07:58 PM
I like what you have done here ..

There was some discussion once before about painting rain.

Do asearch of the wash cafe and the workshop. See what you come up with.

Seedy does awesome rainy sky paintings, search his profile too..

I think we need a Demo thread on rain..;)

10-23-2005, 08:52 PM
Thanks Pearl, I appreciate the input. If it was rainy, wouldn't the buildings be more blurred? I was thinking of lifting some of the color from the lamp post even.
You're right Ann ,things probably would be more blurry in real life .
In a painting tho , to hold viewer interest I think there should be some clearer areas in the foreground and more blurry in the background .Your idea of blurring the lamp post is a good one and seeing as this is a study perhaps you could make the red umbrella carrier a bit clearer and see if you like it better then .

10-23-2005, 09:06 PM
JJ, thanks for commenting. I did a search of this Forum but haven't tried the others yet, but I will :D

Pearl, all good suggestions. I appreciate it. Will practice some more utilizing what you said :)

Thanks both of you,


10-24-2005, 01:52 AM
Well..... having worked alot recently at night, in the rain, (it's the monsoon season here!) I'll give you my thoughts about this! I'm a security guard and so visibility is important. Even in heavy rain, I can see detail accurately for several blocks where there are streetlights and such. As for portraying raindrops, where the sky & scenery are the darkest (no light to illuminate the raindrops), you really don't see the rain. Where you DO see raindrops are around the streetlamps and hitting the puddles. And puddles, where they reflect any sources of light, seem to be especially bright. So unless it's an absolute downpour, or there's fog, things still look fairly sharp.

What you have convincingly painted is a foggy, rainy day.

Your sky is awesome. If you want to elimiate the effect of fog I think you need to sharpen your details a bit, brighten up all sources of light (lamp, windows) and add some bright reflections on the sidewalk and road that will portray wet pavement.

This would be a fun project to try..... you've inspired me! :)

10-24-2005, 05:43 AM
Andrea, thanks so much for all the helpful comments. You have given me a lot to think about and I appreciate that :D Hope you will let me know if you decide to paint rain as I would love to see it.

I have a photo of the pasture in early morning fog and then some photos of the barn in rain. I need to use those for reference instead of my imagination lol.

Thanks you all,

10-24-2005, 06:35 AM
Have a look at these threads..:)





Thought you might like to see others interpretation of rain..:)

10-24-2005, 06:53 AM
JJ, thanks for all the time and effort you took in looking up these links. They are great and it is appreciated.


10-24-2005, 07:22 AM
Hi Ann... I've wondered the same thing... how to paint rain effectively... I googled... didn't come up with any "how to's", but have a look at this... Rain Series (http://www.adamsart.net/Pages/rainseriesI.html)

Girl in Rain (http://www.adamsart.net/Pages/girlinrain.html)

The artist's website is an interesting read... Susan Adams Watercolor (http://www.adamsart.net/)

10-24-2005, 07:33 AM
Char, thank you for the links. She is a really fine artist and will peruse her work closely. Now for more practice :D


10-25-2005, 06:18 AM
Hi Ann. This brought to mind paintings at Ray Campbell-Smith's site (http://www.raycampbellsmith.co.uk/gallery.htm). While he doesn't actually show rain itself, its infered by the reflections on the roads, the mistiness of the halos round the lamps and the poses of the characters. See also his demo. Hope this helps.

10-25-2005, 06:54 AM
Al, thanks for the link to Ray Campbell-Smith's web site. I will look these over carefully. I love rainy/misty atmospheric paintings, hence the goal to paint them myself :D.

Appreciate your taking the time to help!

10-25-2005, 05:36 PM
OOoh yes! Ray Campbell's paintings are exactly what I was driving at..... see how bright his light sources and puddles are compared to the dullness around them! And even though there is some "atmosphere" things are still relatively sharp. And you don't actually "see" rain, but you sense it is there. Wonderful example!

10-26-2005, 08:19 AM
I see what you mean. Love those reflections. It is all about contrasts isn't it.


10-28-2005, 05:59 PM
I can't tell you how to paint rain, but I can tell you that you've captured the mood very well....I wouldn't want to be caught out in that scene!

10-29-2005, 07:39 AM
Thanks Lorraine, I wouldn't want to be caught in it either :D


10-29-2005, 07:50 AM
take a look at the work of Turner - he painted many stormy scenes