I've been wanting to create peaceful water paintings for a while now - just water and nothing else. Water is tricky to paint because it's constantly moving and changing, and reflections are different colors and values than the objects being reflected. So I gave it a try this month, and here are my results. I didn't include any reflections as I wanted to focus on just the water.
I started with several experiments on paper first to get a feel for the brush strokes and blending required to indicate light ripples on the water. I didn't want any large waves, just a peaceful water image that was slightly abstract.
Here's the first completed canvas with a simple overall blue color palette:
"Peaceful Water, Blue 12x12"
My second water painting includes more colors and detail, plus I've added the effect of sunlight on the water. I wanted to keep the first couple of canvases small to start. I like the way this one turned out:
"Sunlit Water, Blue & Green 10x8"
I think they would both look great in larger sizes, such as a 24-inch, 30-inch or 36-inch square. I've also completed a larger one that I'll blog about in a couple of days. To find out more about these two paintings, click on the titles under the images.
If you'd like information and pricing regarding custom sizes and colors, please email me or call 760-966-1295. This style of painting is perfect for any room in a coastal or beach house decorating scheme, or any space where rest and relaxation is desired.
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