Thursday, July 22, 2021

Reflections in Shallow Water

Reflections in shallow water follow definite laws. Look first for the edges of dark forms against the sky. These strong contrasts break up in a loose, painterly way. 

Riverbank in Clonmel, Ireland, oil on panel, 8 x 10”

Subordinate edges and details are usually blended and lost in the reflection. In this painting the smaller masses of foliage are swept together with vertical strokes. The color of the reflection is warm in the foreground because the light bouncing off the surface is mixed with the warm colors of the illuminated river bottom.

1 comment:

Mitch M. said...

Hi James, my question is how to paint these type of reflections. Do you Paint the dark(s) of the river bed and then the reflections? Can that be done plein air or do you wait for layers to dry?
Thanks for all your work!