Painting Water

Keep these tips in mind when painting water scenes:

  • The colors in the sky will always be repeated in the water.
  • When painting moving water, make the near side of the waves reflect the color of the high sky and the far side of the waves reflect the low sky. On overcast days, water may appear to have very little color intensity or value contrast.
  • The appearance of the water will also be influenced by the color of the bottom as well as any rocks or plants that grow in it (algae, for example).–Linda Stevens Moyer, author of Light Up Your Watercolors Layer by Layer

    Mark Gottsegen is an associate professor of art at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and chair of ASTM International?s subcommittee on artist?s materials.

 

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