Reflection Pool, Canberra

Reflection Pool, Canberra - original painting by Peter Inglis © 2017-2019
This serene lake (Lake Nerang) features stunning reflections, and gives us the opportunity to practice trees, flower beds and perspective. It's also a great lesson creating a satisfying painting from a photographic reference.

About this session

Yes Australia's capital city is not Sydney as you would think, but Canberra, about 4 hours down the Hume Highway!

Reflection Pool, Canberra - a lesson at Inglis Academy in St Leonards - www.inglisacademy.com
I took this picture while visiting Floriade in 2014. This flower festival features extensive displays of flowering bulbs with integrated sculptures and other artistic features. It's held each September, and is definetely worth a visit.

What will we learn

  • Atmospheric Perspective
  • Chroma
  • Composition
  • Counterpoint
  • Depth
  • Impasto
  • Reflections
  • Water

Reflection Pool, Canberra - a lesson at Inglis Academy in St Leonards - www.inglisacademy.com
Unusually for my method, we do sketch a couple of shapes on the canvas before blocking. The relationship of the arc and the horizon establish a strong composition.

Reflection Pool, Canberra - a lesson at Inglis Academy in St Leonards - www.inglisacademy.com
Stage 2: Blocking

Reflection Pool, Canberra - a lesson at Inglis Academy in St Leonards - www.inglisacademy.com
Stage 2: Blocking

Reflection Pool, Canberra - a lesson at Inglis Academy in St Leonards - www.inglisacademy.com
Stage 3: Texture: Foreground texture is established with impasto brush strokes.

Reflection Pool, Canberra - a lesson at Inglis Academy in St Leonards - www.inglisacademy.com
Detail.

Reflection Pool, Canberra - a lesson at Inglis Academy in St Leonards - www.inglisacademy.com
Detail.

Reflection Pool, Canberra - a lesson at Inglis Academy in St Leonards - www.inglisacademy.com
Detail.

Reflection Pool, Canberra - a lesson at Inglis Academy in St Leonards - www.inglisacademy.com
This scene requires a fairly extended palette.

Student paintings

We held our first class using only flat brushes, and got these great results!

Student's paintings of Lake Nerang in Canberra - using only flat brushes.
Student's paintings of Lake Nerang in Canberra - using only flat brushes.

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