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GrubeGallery wrote:I don't think (personally) that any landscape painting should be done realistically, carmeras do that so much better.
As to realism or impressionism absolute Bull@#*#. The painting is the painting people will love it or hate it. As to landscape painting being left to cameras , PLEASE ! In my opinion the best landscapes are completed on site maybe with the use of photographs as back up in the studio. But even from a photo the mere act of the artist painting the image will produce an impression, feeling, or emotion which depends on what the artist feels about his subject. E.
Can I suggest something that might bring your water to life? Well, first of all paint the riverbed, pebbles, stones etc and the earth brown tan of the soil in there. All the little features you might see within the river, being transparent.
Then start acrylic glazing.
This is the process of applying transparent layers one after the other and as many as you like, blue, green, white, more blue, green white etc etc Gradually building up the river. It might take a while and seem as if nothing is happening at all. Wait til you have done though I apply layers all the time on my water scenes, really brings them to life.
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