Friday, November 06, 2009

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A friend recently asked me to post about reflections. I think the biggest thing to remember is that the reflection should be a mirror image, size-wise, of the object. So, however wide/tall the object is, the reflection should be that wide/tall, and it should be DIRECTLY below the object. You should be able to draw a straight line down from the sides of the object, and that is how wide the reflection should be. As for getting the color/value correct, these are going to be different depending on each unique lighting situation, so it's another place where you've got to squint and ... say it with me ... paint what you see, not what you think you see. : ) Hope that helps. Oh, and tomorrow I'll post photos of the panel holder slider peice (that I mentioned yesterday) - stay tuned.

8 comments:

Carol said...

Could you comment on your thoughts on tinting canvas before you begin painting?

Anonymous said...

Carol,
I'd love to see a view of the slider that shows how it stays together. Maybe a back view or something. I would like to try to make one myself...if you don't mind of course.

Dan Robinson said...

Carol, The scale that you achieve in these small canvases is terrific.

Sandra Galda said...

still want to get the slider canvas holder ...love this loose painting!

Sharon said...

Hi Carol: I was under the impression that the length of the reflection was totally dependent on the angle of the observer to the object -but perhaps this applies to reflections in open water as opposed to a still life set up. So if you were very high up relative to the object, you might not even see a reflection, whereas if you are at water level, there would be a significant one, sometimes longer than the object, and then everything else falls between these two extremes. Also, if there is something between the object and its reflection, as in a river/shore bank, the reflections will be cut off somewhat. The width is always the same.Let me know if you disaggree with this.
Looking forward to seeing you on Dr Phil!
Sharon

Shelley Ross said...

Love how you handle the glass bottles and the reflections. Very nice.

mike rooney studios said...

from personal observation, painting water plein air for years, i think everything sharon said about reflections is true.

a reflection is a mirror image of something. when youre at different angles you'll see different lengths. the reflection color, value changes because the surface that is reflecting the object has different reflective properties. so a mirror would reflect the object exactly and a piece of somewhat shiny wood would not because of less glasslike surface. and something even more matte would reflect in a much duller way.

i love the way you do your reflections carol, keep up the great work!

Cynthia said...

Love this! Is there ANYTHING you post that I don´t like? Your blog is the highlight of my day before I hit the easel!!! THanks for all the inspiration!