Sunday, January 22, 2012

Mountain Streat - Part 3 - Water!

Water is all about reflections and shadows and very little color!  When painting moving water, the more white spaces left unpainted, the faster the water appears to be moving.    (I know from my “whitewater rafting” experiences, that is certainly true!) 
The moving water in this stream was painted with touches of the following colors alone and in combinations:
  • Windsor Blue
  • Payne’s Gray
  • Sepia
  • VanDyke Brown
  • Sap Green

Remember the water reflects the color of its surroundings – rocks, sky, trees, etc.  So, whatever colors used in painting these items are repeated in the water.

To give the appearance of bubbling water, common table salt was added to the water in the front lower section as the water swirls past the large rock and cascades to the right and our of sight.    Sprinkle the salt while the paint is still wet.  The salt will push the paint pigment aside and leave some interesting designs. 
A light touch is needed when painting water.  Don’t overdo it!

Happy Painting!

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