Tip #5 Shadows versus Reflections
Not wanting to be Capt'n Obvious here but Shadows run from the object in the opposite direction to where the sun is and Reflections in the water always run directly toward the viewer. So 2 different things to consider if painting the edge of a lake on a sunny day. The Shadows might be pointing west (if the sun is in the east) but the reflections will be pointing south if looking in the direction of true North. An image is worth a thousand woods: here the trees are reflected in the water with their reflection running toward the bottom of the painting (or the viewer as always) and the shadows of the reeds on the dead tree are dependent on the direction of the sun which is on the left side of the painting as this is morning on Skaha lake looking South. Simple right?
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