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Painting Moving Water - Surface Energy by Ev Hales focuses on the kinds of movement that accompany a body of water and explores different ways to interpret this moving liquid mass as a painting subject. The words descriptive of the character of moving water like pounding waves, burbling brook, pelting rain, thundering waterfall, rushing river, gurgling stream or gushing fountain evoke a visual image and associated rhythmic element. When translated into a painting, Ev mentions the importance of the elements of painting, the brush, canvas, paint etc all contributing to creating the rhythmic element appropriately. Techniques to be employed for different painting surfaces, various brushes as well as different water surfaces are discussed. Attention is paid even to such subtle but important issues like when to paint water first, using brush marks to differentiate areas, what color should represent water and when, and using shore line to create the desired effect.
Painting Moving Water - Surface Energy by Ev Hales is a helpful book for those attempting to paint water surface related scenes. Having attempted painting myself, I can appreciate the difficulty one will feel in bringing the ‘character’ of the subject to the painting, however accurate one's selection of colors might be. With the advice given by Ev on matters related to other areas of painting, like selection of brushes, adopting appropriate strokes, choosing canvas types, or adding depth, this book can become another companion for a painter. Good plates and a large number of examples add to its value.