|Riverwalk Footbridge by April M Rimpo
14" X 11" Fluid Acrylic
in a brushed silver frame
I think reflections in water are among the most beautiful sights in the world, but they can be very tricky to paint. Since I work in watermedia (watercolor and fluid acrylic) I've found layering the colors gradually from the lightest to darkest works best for me. Before I start to paint I do use a small amount of masking fluid to protect just a few white spots that I may retain as white at the end or kiss with a spot of pale color to give them a slight tint.
Then it's a matter of paying attention to what is being reflected and making sure the reflected color is a bit darker than the real object. I find moving water the most fascinating to paint because of the great swirls and lines created by the current, causing the reflections to be just a hint of what is being reflected.
I chose a double complementary palette for this painting. Complements are across from each other on the color wheel and when combined can end up with lovely neutral colors, but when applied in adjacent to each other they create wonderful tension in the painting, really drawing your eye to those areas. Keeping them vibrant and not blending to become a neutral color can be challenging too. Fluid acrylic makes it a little easier to keep the colors vibrant.
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