Geoff Kersey is a brilliant artist and he makes super fine paintings with watercolor. This time, he shares his tricks in painting a river that reflects a very natural flowing look we always admire on every expensive painting. Here is how to master the quality a la artist Geoff Kersey.

  1. Preparing the Colors

The river should reflect all aspects around it, so you need to prepare more colors than for the water. You need the sky blue, the chocolate and red feeling from the bridge, deep green for the river banks grass, the greyness of the sky, and every other details on your painting you already paint. If there is a tree near the river, prepare the color too.

  1. Wet the River Area

Simply use a clean brush and apply a layer of clean water at the river area. This technique is actually beneficial. It smoothen the white line where the banks meet the water. It helps to separate the reflection from the river bank. Meanwhile, it also helps in adding a few ripples of the river edge.

  1. Adding the Reflections

The key is to leave key line of white clean and paint the reflection upside down. This is the tricky part in which you need to look around the river and make the reflections of them all. Shadow should be darker and it doesn’t have to have the same shape. It is a reflection anyway, so it should be coherent not twinning.

  1. Vertical Painting for River Flow Details

Now, we are going to use a flat brush and it needs to be damp instead of wet. Make sure it is clean and then press it down between your fingers to remove the water but leave the moisture. Then, apply the brush from the river banks down, to create vertical touch on the reflection on the water. It suggests that the river is slowly moving.

  1. Texture the River

Now let’s add some finish on the river. According to the photograph, the river is moving lively and it gets deeper surface and everything else. This can be added by using white paint on it after your painting is dry, so leave it to dry it first. Your brush needs to be damp, and the paint should be applied softly in horizontal movement.

The rest of the steps will be finishing the ground part and the other surroundings of the river. By then, you have your flowing water, looking so natural on your painting.