A few years ago, inspired by the swimmers during warm ups at a swim meet, I created the watercolor painting above. I loved the perspective of the painting, but always wanted to create another version with richer more saturated colors. And I did – see my steps below.
I taped off the edges of my paper with thick painter’s tape, to create a white border. I marked where the swimming lane lines would be with a pencil and ruler.
I painted the swimmers first, so I could add blue paint (water) over parts of them, so those parts would look like they were underwater.
When the swimmers were completely dry I painted the blue pool water. I tried to keep the blue in the lane line areas lighter.
Once dry, I painted the swimming lines using a flat brush, red watercolor paint and white gouache.
Next, I added more blue to darken the water in areas. I also added white gouache around the swimmers for splash.
The richer colors make such a difference. Makes me want to dive right in! The perfect painting for the swimmer in your life. Create one or order a print on canvas (pictured above), paper, acrylic, and more on Zazzle – click here to visit my Zazzle shop.
Want a dose of creative inspiration? Sign up for my newsletter “My Creative Collection” where I feature artists and makers, and link to inspiring art, design, and craft, inspiring places, interesting books, movies, and more. It’s a collection of all the things inspiring me, delivered to your inbox every two weeks. Click here to sign up.
11 thoughts on “Painting swimmers”
Thanks for the peek into your process! So cool!
Your welcome! 😀
I love the swimming patterns! So suggestive and simple 🙂
Thanks so much Caroline!
Reblogged this on From 1 Blogger 2 Another.
Thanks so much! And thank you for the reblog! 😊
So very cute! 🙂
Thank you so much!
I love the newer version more. Such vibrant colours compared to the other one. Great job.
Thank you Alexis! That’s what always bothered me about the first one. The colors were so muted.