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Author Topic: Tutorial on painting shadows and reflections?  (Read 855 times)


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on: May 25, 2014, 10:57:18 AM
I think you have a lesson available for painting reflections using oils, I think, but I do not see one (in any of the mediums) that talks about painting shadows.  (ie, how to pick the colors, calculating the angles, gradiating).  Other than that it looks like you've got quite a collection of lessons here!


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Reply #1 on: May 25, 2014, 11:43:00 AM
Reflections especially on water and in still life just boggle my mind. It would be great to get a tut for reflections and shadows i.e.. color mixing, calculating the angles, gradating techniques and anything else we should know about.

Like you, I usually paint with oils...and I'd like to know what's the most effective way to paint them on still life and water and how do we determine what colors we should mix for these reflections and shadow's?  My experiments have resulted in mud, so my guess is that I must be mixing the wrong colors together - although some of this mud actually makes some great muted tones, just not what's needed for the painting.

There must be a thousand theory's out there for this, but I think that Dennis and Nolan could explain it best.   


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Reply #2 on: May 25, 2014, 02:06:31 PM
If you look at Watercolor classes under Landscaping, you'll find 2 lessons on reflections:
Reflection in water and
Reflection part 2
Entire theory of reflection is given there in detail


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Reply #3 on: May 25, 2014, 11:34:34 PM
:bigwelcome: to the Paint Basket Valiant

What medium do you work in so I can find a class that has the info you are looking for O0