Painting Reflections

Incorporating a body of water into your composition will add a sense of drama and interest. Water echoes the shades and shapes surrounding it, filling it with color and dynamic forms. And the state of the water contributes greatly to the energy and mood of a painting; smooth, glasslike reflections painted with fluid strokes convey a sense of calm and quiet, whereas choppy reflections painted with short strokes and blurred edges communicate commotion and activity. In this painting, I chose to render the reflections between the extremes, balancing the serenity and solitude of a lone boat with the gentle, rhythmic rippling of the water.

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