Painting Water?

Discussion in 'FAQs' started by Donn Welton, May 25, 2003.

  1. Donn Welton

    Donn Welton Member

    Cueing off Gavin Miller's thread in the academy on painting a backdrop and distant mountains, does anyone have any uggestions as to how one can paint water (in from of those lovely mountains)? The Rutland's yard in Burlington, Vermont was on Lake Champlain, with the mountains of New York visible. I have about 10 feet of a wall where I, with minimal artistic skills, want to try to capture this.
  2. cidchase

    cidchase Active Member

    freeze it first, use oil-based paint.:p
  3. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    Try the reverse of the sky technique---adding increasing amounts of forest green (not too much) to the blue of the sky mix. Reflections come by bringing the shoreline colors and prominate shapes into the water and then, with a dry brush, sweep back and forth horizontally. If you ever get a chance to catch the old PBS series on oil painting hosted by Bob Ross, he teaches some excellent techniques useful for backdrops.

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