The End

Part 3:

Fast forward – the trees, shrubs and rocks are all painted and all that remains is the water.

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The water is the trickiest part of this painting. It is transparent enough to see the colorful rocks below the surface, yet I wanted it to look underwater and smooth as well. The first thing I did was to block in the colorful rock shapes. I then made the larger underwater rocks look 3-dimensional, keeping the colors bright.

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Next, I added lots of other smaller rocks and dots to give the impression of pebbles.

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More rocks, pebbles, and darkening of the shadow areas in the water, where rocks are not visible, and reflections were added to the painting.

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Now for the scary part… I carefully painted thin washes over the underwater areas, using mostly greens and oranges. I paid attention to the water lines on each rock, as some were half submerged. I was cautious not to over paint. Too much painting in one area while still wet will mix the colors to a muddy brown and blur the rocks. Each wash layer was dried completely before adding another wash. A few layers of these thin washes and I was finished. Here is the final painting, entitled Emerald Oasis.

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Emerald Oasis

 

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4 Responses to The End

  1. Bridget DiCello says:

    Amazingly beautiful!!! All the best, Bridget

    Bridget DiCello (901) 628-3207 http://www.bridgetdicello.com

  2. ssutch says:

    Beautiful results again. Really enjoy getting insight into your process, love how the water turned out. Great stuff.

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