If an artist steps outside the studio, chances are they will come upon the occasion to paint water. In the landscape, water comes in many forms and fashions, from rushing and rippling streams to crashing, foaming waves to placidly still waters. Painters faced with the question of how to paint water should keep in mind a couple of “rules,” which include that water appears cooler in tone as it gets deeper and the sky’s reflection on water usually appears darker than the sky itself. Beyond that, observation is key, as water painting can take an artist any number of places, visually speaking.
Painting is a skill that many of us would like to have, but few ever master, let alone try out. But why not? It’s a wonderful skill to have, it improves and complements other creative abilities you may already have learned, and there’s no need to be intimidated by it when it’s broken down into easy steps the way that our free painting lessons do.
The first step of beginner painting is determining what kind of paint is best for your work. Sometimes, it’s a matter of cost: what do you already have on hand? Watercolors, acrylics, oils and pastels are the most common media, and all require different kinds of surfaces. Any of them are good, to begin with, especially if you already have beginner drawing under your belt. Continue reading