The challenge of painting water like this is you are looking at three superimposed surfaces.
- The leaves and rocks (and fish and newts) under the water.
- The floating leaves and surface ripples on the water.
- The reflections of the trees and sky upside down.
It is an endless challenge to communicate that depth on a flat surface… and can keep an artist busy for a lifetime as it did with Monet and his waterlilies. On a warm day like today, you’ll find me up a cool shady canyon like this one trying to figure it out… Here is a link to a very short video of this painting in progress that I posted to my Instagram page. Enjoy!