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 with a diverse range of interests in writing and painting. She currently is revising a middle grade novel, and author and illustrating a picture story book. She is an active member of SCBWI, Society of Children Book Writers and Illustrators. Linda has a body of paintings, which form the foundation of her artistic development. This work can be viewed on her website: Her recent illustrations are an outgrowth of the style she developed in these paintings. Another passion is sculpture. Linda often uses her figures as models for her art. Linda's blog is eclectic and journeys wherever her muse guides her attention. Her blog address is: Following the muse, Linda Ruddy
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6 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!

  4. Mona says:

    This helps me so much. I never knew how light or dark or long to make reflections. Thanks so much. God bless you.

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