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Always brush reflections downwards starting with the lighter colours first. Reflections generally appear darker in the water. I am using a soft Taklon flat brush size 6 for a smooth look. With the brush on the side, go through everything horizontally with light strokes leaving suggestions of ripples in the water. Wipe your brush off on a rag continually so as not to move the paint too far across. When it dries, we will go back and dab in extra highlights and detail that may have been lost while feathering it off this time.
Grace has finished her painting of California. I think it is her best work yet. She has captured the light beautifully and done an amazing job on the rocks. She has led the viewer's eye to the focal point of the painting which in this case is the wonderful light playing on the churned up water!
I've just realised that I did not include painting the birds in my lessons. I picked a spot in the clouds that was lightest, and with a fine brush and liquin "drew" the bird in. Make it a bit smaller than you intend because it is easier to enlarge than reduce the size if need be. I used a dark mix of Ultramarine Blue and Red Light. I dotted in another bird further off to the right of the painting with a slightly lighter mix. I then softened the edges with a light blue underneath, and a red-orange above. Soften the little bird around the edges as well (he needs to be very out-of-focus). Done! All I need is a signature!
I'm just showing another image from Lesson No.10 as we continue lightening up the foreshore. Note the direction of the shallow ripples toward the last wave. Reinforce these ripples with darker oranges and purples to create movement. Finally, add more highlights, starting from the centre of the canvas (under the sun) with a very light mix of Lemon and white. Use small dots and dashes - don't go crazy.
We've now finished enhancing the waves with highlights and extra darks. For highlights on the water between the waves I used Naples Yellow Reddish. It is a slightly pink colour. When I came to the foreshore, I decided that it was all too dark. From the centre out, I went over it starting with the lightest creamy mixture of Cadmium Yellow Deep, a dot of Red Light and white. I will then progress to a darker mix of orange, feathering off as I go. Starting from the outside, I worked my way back towards the centre with a mix of Indian Red and Ultramarine Blue. Feather it off before adding the detail again.
Before we seriously start to paint in the reflections in the water, we covered the area in a turpsy wash, picking out the darks and lights. With the darks I have switched to Ultramarine and Cadmium Yellow Deep to give it a nice deep green. The lighter colours are used with the Lemon Yellow. Make sure you don't leave any hard edges as they will be hard to cover as they are dark colours. Also, try not to get any paint on the flamingos (as I have done!) because they will also be hard to cover with the light pink we will be using.