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Tips on How to Paint Rain

By January 2, 2010

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What's the best way to paint rain without it looking like some slasher has been at your painting with a knife? Various suggestions have been made on the Painting Forum. Starrpoint suggests:
"Making each stroke a bit long and in the direction of the rainfall, bringing in reflections all over the place."
Christy suggests making colors more saturated. I think it's best done by suggestion, through mark-making and tone, rather than through lots and lots of individual raindrops. Painter Bill Jacklin does this beautifully, for instance in his painting "The Black Umbrella", where you practically feel the rain hitting you in the face.

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