REFLECTIONS ON WATER

These landscapes of water and reflection have become an obsession
— CLAUDE MONET

I've been working on two new paintings this week, inspired by reflections on water.  A theme I keep coming back to again and again. I seem to be endlessly intrigued by how patterns and images shimmer and transform when water is their mirror.

For those of you who know my work, you will know I have an enduring love affair with multiple layers, shiny shimmering elements, dashes, splashes and dancing dots. Somehow  reflections on water satisfy all my obsessions for  shifting shapes and magical hidden depths.

Below are the two paintings that I've been working on called Mirror Water and Mirror Water Two. They are made by adding multiple layers of paint on canvas. When I say multiple I mean multiple, probably about 15 layers.  The first painting started off like this..

 

 PAINTING IN PROGRESS, WET PAINT DRIPPING

PAINTING IN PROGRESS, WET PAINT DRIPPING

And developed into this:

 NEW ACRYLIC PAINTING ON CANVAS called mirror water BY HELEN WELLS

NEW ACRYLIC PAINTING ON CANVAS called mirror water BY HELEN WELLS

 DETAIL SHOT OF NEW PAINTING 

DETAIL SHOT OF NEW PAINTING 

 DETAIL SHOT OF NEW PAINTING MIRROR WATER

DETAIL SHOT OF NEW PAINTING MIRROR WATER

 mIRROR WATER TWO

mIRROR WATER TWO

 DETAIL OF MIRROR WATER TWO

DETAIL OF MIRROR WATER TWO

This one off painting  is now available  in my shop.

A little rummage through my art archives showed just how often I come back to this theme. I  often use watercolour as the medium. I think there is a lovely synchronicity between the subject and this type of paint, the way water flows and ebbs on the paper creating unexpected colours and shapes with the paint. Here are some more of my paintings which have been based on this theme:

 LAKE IN HANOI VIETNAM

LAKE IN HANOI VIETNAM

Reflections on water by Helen Wells

There are some beautiful lakes/ponds in my local park and I love the way throughout the year the reflections of the trees morph and change as the seasons come and go.

 REFLECTIONS ON WATER, MORNING WALK IN ALEXANDRA PARK HASTINGS

REFLECTIONS ON WATER, MORNING WALK IN ALEXANDRA PARK HASTINGS

 PAINTING THAT WON WINSOR & NEWTON WATERCOLOUR REVOLUTION COMPETITION

PAINTING THAT WON WINSOR & NEWTON WATERCOLOUR REVOLUTION COMPETITION

Reflections on water by Helen Wells