Sunday, May 13, 2012

Painting Water

Water is one element which I really enjoy painting. In this painting, believable rendering of the water is critical to the piece's success.

 In this top photo, I am working the details of the water in the middle ground. There are myriad reflections and it is easy to get lost among all the legs!!!

Next is the large expanse at the bottom. I know from experience this is a "one sitting" deal. I can't paint part of it today and finish tomorrow. I use Rembrandt oil paints and brown mixes can dry overnight while my "whites" can take a week. Blues and reds will be somewhere in the middle. For the water to work, all of it has to be wet and blended. I completed the below stage at 1 am.

Stay tuned for the final stage.

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