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Old 06-04-2019, 10:44 PM
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Painting Water to Learn How to Paint Water

Since last year around this time I have made it a goal to paint water as much as I can. I am lucky with a great little river minutes from where I live. Walking up and down the banks you can always find some great spots to paint.

Needless to say, after a year and multiple paintings, I find painting water much easier these days.

Below is a recent piece that I completed, then reworked in the studio to fix the chroma of that middle rock. This is why I love plein air so much; you learn instantly what you did wrong.


I also have a video, below the images, which takes you through the process if anyone is interested.





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Re: Painting Water to Learn How to Paint Water

Yes, you see all the wrong things instantly!

This is really nice work, it is very sparkly.

Thanks for sharing.
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Re: Painting Water to Learn How to Paint Water

I love the colors - quite impressionistic.

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Re: Painting Water to Learn How to Paint Water

It is looks good, full of color and life. Gary
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Re: Painting Water to Learn How to Paint Water

Sky and light! Wonderful!
Water is one of those subjects in which the painter must overcome preconceived notions in order to make progress. The only way to make progress is to keep looking and keep painting!!!
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Old 06-20-2019, 10:56 AM
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Re: Painting Water to Learn How to Paint Water

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Sky and light! Wonderful!
Water is one of those subjects in which the painter must overcome preconceived notions in order to make progress. The only way to make progress is to keep looking and keep painting!!!
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First, very nice work!

Second, painting water requires thinking and observing potentially as many as 4 planes: the top surface (ripples and waves), the reflection on the top surface, in some paintings the water color itself below that reflective surface, and in yet others the bottom of the waterway (rocks, etc.). So you have at least 2 in almost every painting, and maybe 4. A look at how John Singer Sargent did it with his stream pictures is truly instructive.

And no matter what you think about, water is a beautiful subject that will always surprise you.
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