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Fun Lake Scene Teaches Watercolor Techniques For Water & Reflections

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Step 15: Finishing Touches And Tuning Up

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Darken the edge of the shadowed side of the post with another layer of the wood-like color used in the previous step, then paint the post’s reflection in the water using a darker version of the wooden color (mix Ultramarine Deep, Burnt Sienna, and Alizarin Crimson). Have the reflection be more jagged and rippled than usual, since the post is quite close to the foreground of the painting. The small rope anchoring the rowboat to the post should also have a reflection, and since it’s white, use the size 6 brush to lift out paint from the water while following the rule of mirrored images. Lastly, mix Permanent Violet and Ultramarine Deep, and paint the shadow on the edges of the seat slats inside the boat.

This last part is more about what you feel could be better, and what you think needs to be added or fixed. Step back and take some time to study your painting as a whole, and see if there are any shapes to adjust, colors to improve, and any values or tones that need touching up.