Soak yourself in our next challenge
This exercise doesn’t have to be a watercolour to qualify
Consider these tips to set yourself up for success:
Work From a Reference
Trying to capture the image in your mind’s eye is really hard. Better to paint from life or from a photograph.
For Calm Water, Follow the Value Rule for Reflection
In general, the values of an object reflected in the water are more muted than on the object itself.
Try Glazing to Lighten Up Calm Water
Paint the reflection almost the same colour as the object. Once it’s dry, use some acrylic glazing liquid and a small amount of white, and glaze this mixture smoothly over the reflection.
Running Water Is White
Sometimes a water scene can contain both calm and moving water, which calls for some reflections and also some energetic and varied strokes.
Pay Attention To the Land Element
Water is endlessly inspiring to artists. There’s something deeply compelling about its ever-changing nature, whether in a still, reflective pond or a rushing stream. But water is also one of the most difficult things to paint realistically.
– Submissions due via email by midnight Sunday 13 December
– Create a new piece or use one from your own collection
– There is no limit to the number of works you can submit using the email link below.
– Submitted works will be posted on our website gallery and also on our social media accounts.