My four mixtures for the water are on the right of the palette. They begin with Ultramarine Blue + a touch of MUD + a bit of White for the dark. Then Pthalo Blue + White and Ultramarine Blue + White. The lightest mix is Pthalo Blue + a touch of Hansa Lemon Yellow + White. To learn more about our Double Primary Palette click Here.
The water is painted first. The darkest values go under the rocks and foliage, reserving the lighter, brighter ones for the water in the foreground. Blank spots are left where the water lilies will go.
When the water area is covered I go back in to add the reflections. Using the large bright brush I drag the rock color straight down. The same is done with the greens of the foliage and the soft blue of the falling water.
Next time you are near a lake or pond observe the edge of the water. Light catches the foam from the waterfall and the little stuff that collects there. To indicate this I use a bit of Ultramarine Blue + White and make a broken line along the edge. You don’t want this line to be solid, but just an indication here and there.
With a clean brush I make a few horizontal strokes across the wet paint of the water. Not many, you can see them to the left of the Great White Egret. This makes the water surface appear flat. Now the water lilies are painted using greens saved from the rest of the painting. In the picture of my palette at the top of the blog you can see all the extra paint piled on the left.
Now for Clicker Bobbie! Taking White I add a little of the purple remaining from the Jacaranda Tree. Another mix is made of White + some of the green from the palms behind the bridge. These make some beautiful shadow colors for the Great White Egret. Pure White is used for the highlights.
The shadow colors of the Great White Egret are dragged down into the water, a few horizontal strokes are made with a clean brush and Reflections of Serenity is complete. Jack said, “It reminds me of Monet’s painting, The Japanese Footbridge.” What a nice compliment. We’ll let this dry a few days, then it will be on it’s way via FEDEX to our collector. I can’t wait to see how it looks in their guest bathroom. The White Senkarik signature frame will act as a “window”, heightening the drama of the painting against the soft bamboo wallpaper. The white of the frame also compliments several accessories in the room. I’ve enjoyed having you visit the studio, please do come back. Have a wonderful day and big Hugs, Mikki Senkarik