Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Tuesday's Tips and Techniques for Watercolor Painting

Reflections in Water 

Three Posts
by Artist Rita Squier
Original Watercolor Painting
Size:  11x15"

The first post tips towards you, the reflection in the water will be longer.

The second post tips away from you, the reflection in the water will be shorter.

The third post stands tall, the reflection is same size, a mirror image.

The reflections in the water can be no darker than the local color.  The colors of the reflecting object combine with the colors of the sky and the local color of the water.

The colors of reflections are often lighter than the object itself except when the object is lighter than the local color and it hangs over the edge of shallow water then it will be darker than the light object.  This is because you are not seeing the reflection, the object is blocking the sunlight and you're viewing the bottom of the shallow water.


Aiesha said...

hi! Bookmarked this. Thank you against sharing.

null said...

nice posting.. thanks for sharing.

Kathleen said...

Very pretty! Thanks for sharing the water reflection tips. Not a lot of water around here to observe *LOL* I appreciate the hints!


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