Art Lesson: Reflections on Water

Breaking the rules is one of the joys of art and it opens the door for the artist to explore and innovate.  That said, there are times when knowing the rules helps with problem solving.

ReflectionsHere’s a study I painted in watercolors on “Reflections” and how they operate in nature.    Time of day, breezes, size and distance all have an effect.

Activity:  Keeping a log of your  direct observations, record details of life and what you see.

And my handwritten notes typed below:
1.  In still water reflections appear as a mirror image.

2.  In moving water, reflections break up and appear longer than the objects they reflect.  Ripples become smaller, darker and closer together as they recede away from the object.  (Throw a pebble in the water and watch the ripples)

3.  An object in the water that leans away from you will appear to have a shorter reflection, but an object leaning toward you will have a longer reflection.
4.  Reflections of dark objects usually appear slightly lighter in value; reflections of light objects appear slightly darker.

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”  ~ Aesop




About Wings of Wonder

Linda Ruddy is a creative and she works in a variety of materials including pencils, paints, paper, porcelain and fabric. Her current projects involve hand-sewn bookbinding, children's book illustrating, and writing. In 2010, two of her paintings were published in the Saddleback College literary magazine, The Wall. In the past, she has received recognition for painting and doll making. Linda lives in California with her husband and family pet. Her new blog can be found Please visit often to see how the site develops. Following the muse, Linda Ruddy
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5 Responses to Art Lesson: Reflections on Water

  1. I am severely untalented in this realm and your notes really helped! 🙂

  2. Linda,

    Your blog is enchanting! I came upon it while searching for Nevis, Nevis, and Danzig’s “Blocks to Creativity.” How lucky I was to happen here! I am an avid creative, myself, and I can’t imagine life without that part of me. It’s everything! I’ll be a frequent visitor… you can count on it. Thank you for the gift of your site!


    • Hi Nevine…glad you found my blog. Yes I find Danzig’s theories interesting and a help when I’m blocked. There are other reasons too, which I sometimes write about. Thanks for visiting.

  3. JSD says:

    Wonderful points that I hadn’t thought about. Thanks!

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