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We decided to give the reflections a break and move on with the birds. I blocked them in with a very light mix of Permanent Geranium Lake and white (any pink will do - some are using Permanent Rose which is very pretty), leaving the darker areas blank. I then added more Geranium and blocked in the darker areas and loosely sketched in the feathers.
All we have to do now is to finished the foreground rocks. I painted mine in the same gold hues as the ones in the background to keep the colours uniform. Make sure the edges are very soft and slightly out-of-focus, as you want the viewer to look past these rocks and into the centre of the painting which is the focal point. They are also in shadow, so I used a purple mix with my oranges to grey off the colours for a muted look. I didn't want these foreground rocks to stand out and take over.
I decided to head down toward the bottom right of the canvas and then work my way across. It doesn't really matter where you go from here but here the reflections are quite different to paint. They are more swirly with lovely blue light that is reflected from the sky. So I gradually added more blue to my mix as I headed down to the bottom of the canvas. I made it as dark as possible - by the time I got to the bottom it was just Ultramarine Blue with a dash of Cadmium Red, eliminating the yellow altogether. Then it was just a matter of swirling in a light blue while the paint was wet and lightly feathering it off to get rid of hard edges.
I dabbed in the lighter dots and dashes first with a fine brush. In this way, I could see where the ripples were without getting too lost. I then added more colours, following my ripples and further breaking up areas with whatever colour was on my brush. As you paint this section, continually add some dots and dashes to previous areas of the canvas to keep the colour consistent.
Andrea has done a great job in painting her Eurasian Eagle Owl. This was a fairly hard painting because of all the markings on the feathers. She has managed to make him look soft and "feathery" yet kept his striking bold marks. I have lessons on how to paint this owl at the top of the blog.
As you paint your way down the canvas, keep the directional flow of water by placing darks either in lines or dabs. Then you can go back with mid-greens, then lighter greens, blending them in as you go. From that one big ripple where the flamingo is breaking the surface of the water, the lines gradually become further apart and level up as they head toward the bottom of the canvas.
One last section of water to go! I have brushed in all the darks first, in the direction of the water flow. I then brushed in all the different rock colours that are reflecting into this section of water. (Those rocks just above this section are big enough to reflect into the water.) I smoothed it all out with the water colours we have been using throughout the painting except the Cerulean Blue - Tasman Blue or Ultramarine Blue with Carmine. This will be a good base before we add some detail with a fine brush.