Painting the Water Reflections in Bob Ransley’s Quick Steps

Painting the Water Reflections in Bob Ransley’s Quick Steps

Painting water and the reflecting objects is a very complex task. Apart from the general creativity, you will need to incorporate your logical aptitude in the painting. As such, the size and the orientation of the objects should be sincerely portrayed so as to give the painting a real feel. Also, since you are going to paint a fluid substance, you will have to consider the impact that depth, distortions and surroundings can have on the water surface.

Nevertheless, sweet are the use of labor, and once you dedicate your time in this arduous work, you will be able to accomplish the perfect blend and shade of whatever you intend to paint. Whether rivers, oceans or abandoned lake, you can choose your water body and use the following ideas to make your masterstrokes appear the best.

  • Light, when reflected in water become dark, and when a dark object is reflected, the image appears light to us.
  • For instance, if you are planning to portray the reflection of the sky in the water, make sure the reflected sky has darker shades than the sky above the water surface.
  • If you want to draw a tree's reflection in the lake, the image will be a bit darker than the tree. So if you are using dark green for the tree on the ground, an apple green will work well for the reflected tree.
  • Water: Reflectivity is relative to the observer
  • Water behaves as an imperfect reflector and so the closer you get to the water surface, the lesser it reflects the image of the sky and nearby substances.
  • Use this information in your painting style and gradate the images (reflected in the water surface) in the background from clear and light to the foreground that you can paint darker shades such as olive green. It will help the painting get the required realism.

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