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Fun Lake Scene Teaches Watercolor Techniques For Water & Reflections

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Step 12: Painting Reflections In The Water (Part 1)

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While the basic blue color of the lake is still wet, quickly move on to painting the objects reflected in the water. Behind the boat, paint the same autumn colors you used in step 4, laying them on top of the blue paint (remember that reflections are mirror images of the original!). The blue will dull these more vibrant colors, which is fine as colors reflected in the water will have the same feeling. As you move towards the bottom, you’ll be painting the reflections of the closer trees, which are also part of the “fall foliage” as well. Go back to the earthy green mixture and apply green patches for the trees as reflected by the water. Use the same color with a touch of Burnt Sienna for the reflections of the bank, switching to the muddy brown color to reflect the shadowed areas of the banks.