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First impressions

Discover how to paint reflections in wet sand, and in moving, still and disturbed water using a variety of techniques for oils and acrylics, with Elena Parashko

Acrylics & oils

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Seven principles of painting reflections

Practise back-to-basics reflection techniques

Understand different types of reflections

Water is a tricky subject to paint as it is constantly moving and reflecting ever-changing surrounding conditions. The shape and colour of reflections in water are affected by the weather, the position of the viewer, the colour of the water and nature of the floor under the water. To paint water convincingly, you have to observe the details of what is happening in every situation, as there is not one technique that always applies. However, it does help to understand these basic principles:

1 Reflections change depending on the surface of the water in every moment (how smooth or rough it is due to the current or disturbance by the wind).

2 Flat water and the troughs of waves mirror what is above: sky and/or landscape.

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About Leisure Painter

Welcome to the December issue of Leisure Painter. We have a plethora of styles, media and ideas for you to follow this month. David Bellamy introduces his techniques for using watercolour pencils when sketching landscapes, and Hazel Soan completes her series on painting wildlife in watercolour with three exciting demonstrations, culminating in the lion's head you see on this month's front cover. Charles Evans offers a step-by-step demonstration of a snow scene, which is just perfect for a Christmas card, and Judith Milne gives ideas and inspiration for producing floral cards for this time of year. There is a tutorial on painting reflections in different types of water, good composition ideas and an array of tips, techniques, practical advice and demonstrations to inspire you. Enjoy your month of painting.
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