Famous Waterfall Paintings

What They Have in Common

  • Bright, glimmering highlights, usually where the water is breaking and at major points of movement. The highlights seem to be the most important factor in conveying the water’s sense of movement.
  • Thick lights, thin shadows. This helps accentuate the highlights.
  • Dark, rigid surroundings. This acts as a point of contrast for the waterfall and its curves and fluid forms.
  • Areas of still water have a slightly increased color saturation.
  • Weak and tinted colors for the water (grays and weak blues, greens, and purples).
  • Soft and lost edges help convey the water's transient nature.

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