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03-18-2001, 02:28 PM
I am doing a painting of a pond with mist. How do I get the mist effect and what if any colors do I apply.

03-18-2001, 07:46 PM
When painting with acrylics, to get a misty effect...I paint in the colors for the backgrounds using gesso mixed into the paint. Then as I move forward into the middle ground....I also use gesso mixed into the paint creating a hazy atmosphere and suggesting tree shapes or other shapes in that area. The closer foreground will be painted without gesso and the colors and shapes will be more pronounced. They will then look clearer than the misty areas which will give you depth into the painting.

What color depends on many things...your sky, what you have in the background, the light...without seeing your work, I couldn't tell you what color...except that the gesso will make the colors misty in appearance.

I have painted a scene and then decided to treat the distance with a foggy appearance...and just used gesso thinned with water to glaze over areas.

"Everything is not art and Art is not everything, but it comes close."....carly

03-18-2001, 07:54 PM
Dear late_bloomer_99,

Welcome to WetCanvas. So nice to have you here and your first post at the Acrylics forum.

There are many ways to achieve "mist" depending your painting style, what kind of surface you use, paint, and what kind of mist it is, etc. If you are working on a piece it would be great to see what it looks like then give you the best advice on how to achieve a specific mist effect.

Some mist is "fog", some comes up off the surface of the water in early morning, etc. The time of day along with colors and values of the landscape make a difference too.

You can "build" mist while painting (which is usually the optimum way) and sometimes build plus add it during or on the final layers of paint. Using gel medium combined with the colors of the water (or land) plus your brush strokes can create mist. But mist is like smoke, delicate, ethereal, gentle. If your painting is highly realistic you approach it one way, if very bold strokes and direct, another.

Hope this helps get you started.

Again, welcome http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

L. Diane Johnson (http://www.LDianeJohnson.com/) NAPA, PSA
Plein Air Workshops (http://www.LDianeJohnson.com/workshops/)

03-24-2001, 01:05 PM
Welcome to WetCanvas Late Bloomer.