The Shape of Light on Water #1

 

I’ve been unwell for a few weeks.  Up until now my posts have been already written and scheduled weeks before they were published so it’s all worked automatically.  However now I have run out.  I am feeling better but I’m still waiting to see if my doctor will give me an operation so I’m not up to much in the way of painting.  (I was too ill for the surgery I was due to have earlier this week.)

So I’m going to post some stuff this week from last summer when I was inspired by a beautiful holiday on a boat in Norfolk.  None of the following pictures are really finished works – instead it’s a record of my progress in trying to paint water.

I became fascinated with the shape of water and the way light reflects from it while we were on the boat.  But, try as I might, I found water very diffcult to draw.  At first I couldn’t even really see clearly what I was looking at because it was moving and changing all the time.  So I studied still photos of bodies of water and tried to see the pattern.

My first go at painting this was fairly poor…

 

 

It seems to me that my boat is sailing on some gently rippling cotton material rather than water!  The gold paint was my attempt to salvage the painting, with little success.

Then I had a go with pencils.  I used Faber Castell Aquarelles.  With this picture I was looking to simplify the patterns I could see in my photographs so I limited myself to three colours.

 

 

I lost control of the blues in places and they’ve kind of leaked into the other colours.  I’m not sure if this worked with or against the likeness of water but either way I didn’t like it.  So I next decided to try the same picture again using gouache paint where I could be stronger with my colour boundaries…

 

 

In this picture for the first time I could see something of a likeness to water despite it being quite sylised.

Progress – hooray!

 

Next week I’ve got another painting on the same theme of water where I followed a tutorial / demo from a guy called Steve Cronin on YouTube.

 

4 thoughts on “The Shape of Light on Water #1

  1. I know what you mean. My son preferred the Aquarelle version too! Thanks for your input – it’s really valuable to hear.

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  2. I am most attracted to the Aquarelle version, but I think I understand why you prefer the gouache paint. That one has the sharper look of a photograph with the high contrast among the shapes. Oddly, I kind of prefer my water to look a little mushed up, kind of like it appears to my eye when I see it rippling in real life. Maybe like a long camera exposure? Anyhow, I’m glad you ended up with something that pleased you, so carry on!

    (Oops, a P.S. here)—the top painting would most likely have looked just fine if the ripples were smaller or the boat was a lot bigger LOL!

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