A few years ago I did the painting below. Since then I’ve thought of painting another version of it. Yesterday, I finally did.
As I started, I decided to tape off the edges with thick painter’s tape, to create a white border. First I painting the swimmers, so I could add blue (water) over parts of them.
When they were dry I painted the water. I had marked where the swimming lanes would be and tried to keep the blue in these areas lighter.
I painted the swimming lines next using a flat brush and red paint and white gouache.
I added more blue to darken the water in spots and added white gouache around the swimmers for splash.