Learn how to paint a calm lake with acrylics. Artist Ashley Krieger is traveling and painting in all 50 U.S. states. Today she takes you to Delaware to capture a lake in the forest. Here you can learn how she paints this scene.
While we were in Delaware we stayed at Killens Pond State Park. We were surrounded by the forest with several trails through it. There also was a trail around the pond or what I think is a lake. It was so wonderful exploring and walking the trails that we didn't want to leave. I even got some much needed alone time sitting on the dock staring out at the peaceful scene before me.
At first, I painted ripples on the lake but then I saw this lake so calm that it was like glass the evening after I had made my Youtube video for this. I also really liked the light glowing behind the trees with a few clouds in the sky reflecting off the lake. There were so many picturesque moments it was really hard to decide what I wanted the finished painting to look like. I did know that I wanted it to feel calm, the same feeling I had visiting this lovely park. This place really helped me re-center so I call this painting "Calming down."
Learn to Paint a Lake
You can find the acrylic art supplies use here. I also used metallic gold and silver Liquitex heavy body acrylic paints. Watch the tutorial to see what colors I used and when.
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Steps to Paint a Lake
Step 1. Paint Sky- Brilliant blue and white
Step 2. Paint Trees - Sky color with a little green. Later add more green and yellow as you add more to your trees. Shadows I used purple with my green.
Step 3. Paint Reflection- Bring your colors and shapes down below it.
Step 4. Paint the lake.
Step 5. Finishing Touches
Watch the video to get more details.