View Full Version : The Waterhole

03-28-2008, 05:47 PM
It has been suggested to me that a waterhole is an appropriate subject to post in this forum, so here it is. This was posted earlier in Structured Critiques. I found it interesting that although the water in this picture is absolutely still, it was one of the most difficult paintings of water I have tackled. Because it is a muddy pool on a hot sunny day, I found it very difficult to get the colour of the water satisfactory, hence I probably applied at least 15 layers of glazing playing around with it. If I had to do it over again, I probably wouldn't know where to start.

This is acrylic on board, 14x11", and was done from a photograph I took about 30 years ago at what was then the new zoo in Toronto.


03-28-2008, 06:02 PM
is that an irish cow? :confused:

Marty C
03-28-2008, 06:59 PM
Well, Peter, the glazing payed handsome dividends, the water has a marvelous lustre and depth. Great job all round on this piece.

03-28-2008, 08:15 PM
Excellent work with the glazing...the depth is absolutely great! Excellent detail work!

03-28-2008, 09:21 PM
Thanks, Byron and Marty. I may have mentionned elsewhere that I took my first painting lessons last November and was introduced to the concept of this glazing thing which, up til then was just something I had read about in a text book. It's probably one of those things you have to see demonstrated before getting any sense of how it works, so I'm glad I signed up for the lessons.


03-28-2008, 10:12 PM
Nice job. :)
Ted :wave:

03-29-2008, 03:48 AM
Terrific water, and a very good zebra.

03-29-2008, 04:43 AM
is that an irish cow? :confused:
:lol: .... very funny Randall!!:lol:
Hi Peter .... I am so pleased that you decided to post this beautiful painting here. That water is truly amazing .......I am sooooo :envy: ....I feel that I want to dip my finger in the water and make ripples .....but I am scared that Irish Cow might bite me :eek:

Anthony Dunphy
03-29-2008, 06:38 AM
Beautiful reflection:)

03-29-2008, 07:25 AM
Wonderfully done!:clap:


03-29-2008, 06:31 PM
Thanks Ted, Jane, Anne, Tony, and Carl. With cheerladers like you, how can a person not be encouraged to start another painting?

And Anne, don't even think about making any ripples and forcing me to try painting this again. That Zebra is well trained and not nearly as friendly as it may look.


03-30-2008, 04:56 PM
oh my god that is beautiful where i work the sicewalk is painted in zebra we
are the only salon in clearlake ca. that the sidewalks are painted in zebra....my freind is a zebra freak.

03-31-2008, 10:17 AM
It is fantastic and I have no other comment other than, WOW