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Capturing the broken edge of these reflections led me to a new idea.
You can see that small shapes of the blue water extend into the violet reflection of the mountain, and the violet mountain color is extended out into the water in similar small shapes.
By planning these interlocking shapes, i was able to "knit" the two reflected shapes together.
The water was so calm that the reflections were very distinct.
I lightly sketched the shapes of the reflected trees. After mixing the various colors that I saw, each shape was painted one after another, letting the colors meet in a soft, merged edge.
The key to this is having the same ratio of pigment and water
in each mixture, and always observing the amount of water
that is in your brush, and on the paper.
Remember: it's ALWAYS the ratio of pigment and waterthat makes the difference.
"My Island Home"
These reflections were almost a mirror image; the shapes were sketched in very lightly
and I began at the left hand side, painting each shape and changing the color and/or value as I moved from one shape to another. The white reflection is white paper.
As in the previous example, the amount of water in each mixture is crucial.
Note that the water is not just "green". Many reflected colors from the dark woods behind the buildings were painted wet in wet on the water shape.
For a detailed description of how to paint reflections, read more here: