Friday, May 20, 2011


This is a few hours into a new water painting.  The smooth water is drawn downstream to pour over a stone ledge, forming a small waterfall.  

The values of the water as it moves can be created through reference photos, but being able to study the water in real life is the only way of becoming very familiar with its movement.  Repetitive motion remains the same but the changes of light on the surface can bring very different results.

Here, the brown, boggy bottom turns the water to tea in shadows and to rich blues where it reflects the sky.  On a cloudy day the colours would be silvers and greys.

This is a 10 x 10 painting in acrylics.  I'll add more detail and depth over the next few days to try to get that smooth surface that moves into rougher texture.


Sue Pownall said...

Looking good already, as you know I relate to muddy water ;)

Cindy Ellison said...

This is already beautiful, anxious to see it finished!