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Fun Lake Scene Teaches Watercolor Techniques For Water & Reflections

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Step 14: Rowboat And Mooring Details

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Finally, you are left with painting the boat’s mooring. With the same size 6 brush and muddy brown paint, add some yellows and Burnt Sienna to create a wood-like color will make the post visually authentic. After painting it, use a clean brush to lift out a line of paint on the upper edge for a faint highlight created by the light source.

Next, work on the boat’s details. Mix Hooker’s and Cadmium Green Deep and paint along the rim of your boat to help it stand out. Leave the gunnels and hull white. Mix in more water with the dark green for a lighter wash, and fill in the seats with this pale green color for a bleached out effect due to direct sunlight hitting the surface of the seats. Complete the boat by mixing Alizarin Crimson and Cadmium Yellow Orange and painting a line just above where the boat meets the water. These stripes will be reflected in the water as well, and because of the boat’s cast shadow and the fact that water is denser than air, the reflection should be a darker red and a darker green line that are also jagged to show the watery surface. You can fuzz the edge with a clean brush and include breaks in the line for a more distorted reflection, especially if the underlying layer of paint is a bit dry.