View Full Version : How do you paint water spray?

11-14-2002, 09:22 PM
Today's study at the Yellow River. 9 x 10 on mat board

I had a lot of fun painting the reflections...but the spray from the moving water looks too 'painted on' lol!


Here's a detail...


Thanks, carly

11-14-2002, 09:47 PM
Your picture is beautiful!

I like to use a combination of dots and squiggles. example http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=57801

Diane townsends pearl white (701) makes a really nice spray that looks like it sparkles.

11-14-2002, 10:07 PM
Looking pretty good to me. Pastel? Looks like oils Spray hmm got me. But I like this LOL

11-14-2002, 11:30 PM
Absolutely beautiful - especially the rock and the colors you've used throughout the piece. I particularly like the turquoise blue in the water in front of the rock and the deep purple coloring into the shadow of the rock. Outstanding.

I'm unable to provide advice on the splashing water. (I'm slowly doing more landscapes after concentrating on portraits). Hope you get some valuable comments.


11-16-2002, 11:24 AM
Love the bright colors in your painting. I'm not an expert but in my water scenes I use a combination of squiggles, scumbling, and then I crumbled a little into dust and sprinkled just a little bit over the spray and press it in with the back of small paint brush.

11-16-2002, 12:17 PM
I thought I would attach this image closeup but not sure it shows what I'm talking about completely.:)

11-16-2002, 12:45 PM
Gaka is mentioning a similiar thing with he's Dolphin...... Ive enclosed the link........ something may turnup in there :)


11-16-2002, 02:34 PM
I think you did a fine job that goes well with your style of painting. You have this free painterly quality to your work. Water spray is full of tiny details, but I think this would contradict the rest of the piece. I suppose there is a way to paint water spray in a painterly fashion to mach your style but YOU will have to be the one who decides what that is since it is your painting. Do little thumb nail pieces of just water spry. In different ways until you come across something that suits you. Again I think you have done a fine job.

Charles Perera
11-16-2002, 02:49 PM

I cannot help, but like the way you had done the splashing of water against the stones. It really goes with the painting you have done, and further your painting is that of a river. Splashing of water in the sea, and in a river are poles apart !

I like your painting, Carly, in fact the whole serie you have been doing. Excellent.


11-16-2002, 05:11 PM
I approach moving water as I do hair: It flows and has a pattern
as to where it is going.
Another 'trick' is to use a tooth brush dipped in pastel dust and distilled water, spritze it to make a fine spray. It is best to try this on a different surface rather than the art work to find out how much to dip and the thickness of the dust before doing it on your wonderful piece.

11-16-2002, 06:27 PM
Carly....this is a wonderful piece....the colors are just fabulous. I love everything about it! The composition is marvelous.

11-16-2002, 07:53 PM
I agree! It's a wonderful piece!

Charles Perera
11-17-2002, 06:53 PM
This is not about water spray but about landscapes. Carly, in one of your landscape paintings , two trees in the foreground formed an "X", and I remember somebody had made a remark about it, (if I remeber correct). In one of the landscapes, by Jean Bourdin, in the following website, there are two trees in the foreground, forming an "X" Just for information....