Reflections of an Old Mill

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The entire surface of the water is first painted with a muted blue made of mixes of Ultramarine Blue + MUD + White. The most distant part of the pond is painted darker, it becomes lighter in the foreground. Then using color leftover from the stone building I begin to drag reflections straight down into the wet paint of the water.

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When painting water think of it as a mirror. The reflections are upside down from the objects making them. Closer to the foreground I drag some horizontal strokes across the downward ones. This gives the impression of ripples in the water.

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The sunlight cascading down the cattails on the left slides across the water and illuminates the lily pads floating at the base of the building.

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The water tumbling over the falls is lightly dragged over the dry paint of the rocky wall. The sun highlights the water on the top edge of the falls.

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Foam collects at the base of the falls. A few more horizontal ripples into the calm water finish the pond. WHEW! I must admit, this was the most intimidating part of the painting. But after I got over my initial fear and dove in, so to speak, the challenge was actually fun. Thanks for all of your kind comments! Hugs, Mikki Senkarik

4 Responses to “Reflections of an Old Mill”

  1. Patrice Kelly Says:

    I Love the colors you have chosen , Just so Beautiful !

  2. pitzersart Says:

    Nice! Rob Pitzer Pitzers Fine Arts P O Box 2850 Wimberley, Texas 78676 G: 512-722-6032 C: 512-983-1085 Sola Gracia *(By Grace Alone)*

  3. Niko Says:


  4. Jose Carrilho Says:


    I always catch myself thinking if I should do the water reflections either vertically or horizontally.

    Kind regards,


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