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Step 9: Separating Land From Water From Sky


With Mineral Violet, darken a few of the buildings and land even more for more depth and contrast. The paper should be damp at this point, so your paint edges should be a little soft, but not spreading too far. Use the same color for the reflections of the buildings, rippling your brushstrokes again so there’s a difference between the actual buildings and the reflections. It will also help separate the land from the sky and water.

Keep the reflection of the sun white for now, and continue using the wet-on-dry technique for the extra control over your watery effect. Hopefully, you’ll eventually see the different layers coming together to add more depth, so that lighter buildings will fade to the back while buildings painted with several layers are brought to the front.