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with Peter John Reid
Online Class

Reflections in Acrylic: Depicting Light on Water

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Discover how to paint reflections on water alongside professional artist and instructor Peter John Reid. Start by practicing a wet-in-wet blending technique you'll use throughout class as you paint a dynamic sky and its reflection on water. Next explore how to paint reflections on rippling water for a dramatic result. Take your skills further as you see how to modify your painted reflections depending on the depth of the water. Then get step-by-step guidance for using rounded, elongated brush strokes to recreate the appearance of choppy water and the subtle color shifts it produces. Plus, you'll even see how glazing techniques can help you finish your painting with smooth color transitions, an enhanced sense of depth and more.


  • intermediate
  • 6 episodes
  • 2h24m

Included in this Class

1. Seeing Reflections

1. Seeing Reflections

Meet your instructor, Peter John Reid, before you learn to simplify reflections by looking at the lines, shapes and colors that produce them. Next, Peter will help you paint a dynamic sky with a wet-in-wet blending technique and a dry brush.

2. Broken Reflections

2. Broken Reflections

Use the same wet-in-wet blending technique from Lesson 1 to paint water with a reflection of the sky. You'll also see how to use simple tools for painting straight lines as you capture reflections of a shoreline.

3. Painting Ripples

3. Painting Ripples

Learn how ripples affect reflections, and how to paint ripples for realistic results. Then, Peter will explain how the surface of the water looks different depending on its distance from the horizon line.

Recommended with this class

  • Standard art supplies: pencils, pens, surfaces, kneaded eraser, craft knife
  • Acrylic paints, acrylic brushes, acrylic paper