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mddorsey
05-12-2009, 03:25 PM
I am a new member May 11, 2009, using acrylics, and getting very frustrated trying to paint water ripples, like on a lake with a light breeze. I have tried various brushes and strokes, sponges, cardboard, putty knives, and about everything else I can find!

Anyone have any tips, or especially links to sites that would show how to do this? I have searched Google and YouTube with no success.

Thanks,

Murray

wabbitt
05-12-2009, 06:01 PM
Whenever I run into a drawing problem like this, I revert back to my sketchbook and vine charcoal. I practice til I get it, then I try it again in paint. If I can draw it, I can paint it.

Turn your reference photo upside down and draw the shapes you really see on the practice paper.

susme48
05-12-2009, 06:25 PM
Welcome to the forum Murray!!

You might try this link....we have member to member classes going on...and this one was on seascapes seascapes (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=543221) It's one I have to go back and take...I missed it.

Nilesh
05-12-2009, 07:53 PM
I am a new member May 11, 2009, using acrylics, and getting very frustrated trying to paint water ripples, like on a lake with a light breeze. I have tried various brushes and strokes, sponges, cardboard, putty knives, and about everything else I can find!

Anyone have any tips, or especially links to sites that would show how to do this? I have searched Google and YouTube with no success.

Thanks,

Murray http://bansemer.com/painting_demonstrations/painting_videos.htm

If you click on the ones that feature water, you can watch how he paints some of the water ripples.

The Outer Banks video especially, and the Withlacoochee River and Caladesi Island videos might be worth a look.

Hope you're able to find something helpful there, and good luck with it.

tonyjazz
05-12-2009, 11:32 PM
Hi Murray and welcome to the forum.

Water Ripples: wow.....I've been trying to get that right for 2 years now and still have problems getting that just right. What I do is imply it with values. There is an artist here at WC that does this so well: His name is Muradsay and he posts in the WC Gallery a lot. Here is a painting of his that he shows off his skills and water ripples...........also visit the marine forum and post the same question there.





http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-May-2009/103497-96463-burnished3a_mail.jpg

mddorsey
05-13-2009, 03:53 PM
That painting is beautiful and so realistic! Does Muradsay first underpaint and then brush and dab each of all those different colors, and every highlight? That looks like a lot of patience!

I thought someone might have a special brush, or other applicator, like a sponge, etc. I have gotten trees pretty good with various sponges, but this doesn't work too well for water ripples.

ZanBarrage
05-14-2009, 12:28 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=562675