How to paint a subtle reflection in watercolour

In this tip video I wanted to show you how I went about painting the subtle reflection under this bunch of tulips.

There’s something mesmerizing about reflections.

Whether in water or on a shiny surface like this, they’re ALL about how light falls.

And that means if we capture them in our paintings, we add a dose of realism and magic to them.

But they can also be tricky to know how to handle with watercolour.

So here I walk you through the process I went through to paint the reflection cast by these gorgeous sunny spring tulips:

I hope it will inspire you to have a go at one for yourself.

Happy painting,

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7 Comments

  1. Steve Haith on May 12, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    The video for this tip shows as private. I’ve tried it as a member too.

  2. Julie on May 12, 2016 at 8:09 pm

    Lovely! The reflection is as wonderful as the tulips themselves.

  3. Maha on May 13, 2016 at 11:11 am

    Thanks for sharing

  4. Kat on May 13, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    Lovely, so soft and realistic.

  5. Shirley Francisco on May 15, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    very mild, and flora-hyperrealism. Thank you Anna for sharing this tutorial 🙂

  6. Denisescribbles on May 17, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    I am just joining the group from the Deep South, Melbourne Australia, thought the tutorial was wonderful, just watching, Having checked through my paints, my palette needs a change, and as I am so far away I will have to be satisfied with my own retailers. Starting after many years of neglect t would it be okay to purchase Cotman as expense is an issue or should I selectively purchase w/n artists colours? Thank you again. Lorinna

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