Reflections Make Your Picture Come Alive

Reflections Make Your Picture Come Alive - student project

Hi Everyone,

I love water and it has always been important that I live next to it. We spent 9 years by the Pacific Ocean and now have put in over 20 years by Kootenay Lake and the Slocan River.

As I look at my paintings over the years I see that 'reflections' are in about 90% of my work.

So it's no wonder that I started a class on reflections. Water reflections are a great place to start. 

Reflections Make Your Picture Come Alive - image 1 - student project

Start with a simple drawing so you can concentrate on the technique that will make your picture shine and glow. The drawing in the video is very easy to follow.

I have used this technique in hundreds of paintings and it works every time. Here are a few points to keep in mind as you complete your project.

1- Keep your edges soft in the reflection. Hard edges are best kept above the reflection.

2- What's good for the top is good for the bottom. ( Mirror image )

3-Darks get lighter

4- Mid-tones stay the same

5- Lights get darker

Here is a good example of a painting that uses these principals. I painted this one going across the Lake and it took about 20 minutes. I I then polished it up at home in the studio.

Vertical 'thrusts' always bring out some drama in your sky and water.

Reflections Make Your Picture Come Alive - image 2 - student project

See you in class and do post some pictures so we can all learn together.

Ron Mulvey✏️
Artist / Art Teacher
Teacher