How to paint reflections in water – Mykonos demo part 3 of 3



How do you paint convincing boat reflections in water with watercolour? Here I paint a pretty scene of some fishing boats in the Greek Harbour of Mykonos.

This is part 3 of a 3-part series (Trilogy!).

Demo #1 is here:

Demo #2 is here:

At the start of this video, I show my source photograph for the painting. If you want to keep referring to this during the video, then copy the URL of the video into another browser Tab or Window on your device. Run the video again, but of course pause it at the start where I show the source photo. In Chrome, you can also right-click on the tab and select ‘Duplicate’.

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In this demo I will be covering…

1) Choice of Subject. What makes a good watercolor subject. How to simplify the scene.

2) Materials I use such as the paper. I will also cover the paints I use and the palette, plus how I hold the different brushes for different techniques.

3) Doing the outline sketch as the first step. How to draw boat shapes.

4) Doing the sky and the first wash of the background and then the foreground.

5) Shadows and details of the figures and boats.

6) Watch out for the end highlighting tips and painting summary.

More information on watercolour demos, painting workshops, lessons and recent paintings by Tim Wilmot can be found at:

The paper I use and recommend is Saunders Waterford.

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