Being outdoors revitalizes us in a number of ways. You can relax and laze away the day in the shade, climb the tallest peak in sight, or be awe-inspired by the waterways around you. Of late, I am definitely in the latter camp. A good friend of mine has just gotten a small boat and we go out on the water whenever we can because there is something really special about being out there. It is mesmerizing–peaceful and powerful all at once, and you see light and motion in ways you can't when you are on land.
|Surf at Prout Neck by Guy Corriero, watercolor and casein painting, 2011.|
Water painting can be the same way. It can turn an "ordinary" landscape painting into something with visual interest and dynamism. And there are formulas that an artist can follow to capture the play of water currents, the lapping of water on the surface of the ocean, and the crash of waves on the shore. The latest free eBook from Artist Daily opens the door to all of this.
|William Hays paints light and color effects
of various bodies of water.
Paint the Flow and Movement of Water: Painting Techniques, Methods, and How to Paint Water with Power and Rhythm covers everything I want to know about water painting. It starts with Guy Corriero's unique approach to recognizing how water moves and circulates through close observation and a bag of tricks that involve painting sea foam, knowing the anatomy of the wave, and using a particular kind of brush.
William Hays takes it from there and talks about how color contrasts are his key compositional tool for the reflection and refraction of light on different bodies of water–shallow pools, shorelines, and offshore depths. Plus there are three step-by-step water painting demonstrations that breakdown the essential elements of painting water. All in all, Paint the Flow and Movement of Water: Painting Techniques, Methods, and How to Paint Water with Power and Rhythm is one that I'll keep on hand all summer. Download your copy now! Enjoy!