A lot of people complain about bad photographs of their work: I think I just trumped them all. This is really not a good portrayal, at all. The bright, intense orange highlights on the ripples are not, in fact, bright orange. They're really a subdued brown-orange color. Just so you know. I'll get a better photo soon.
Anyways, this is a school project (our final project, actually). Out objective was to paint water, with no background or land in sight. 22x30", in gouache (which I'm still not the biggest fan of). I'll be working on it for a few more hours in class tomorrow, and then I have another week to finish it, so critiques will probably be applied to this baby.
Don't be gentle, I'd like this to be a good painting.
I'm not working on this piece any longer, but just to post it for people to see, here's a drawing of hands. It was a very open-ended assignment so I decided to get some serious hand-practice and drew this in ink. Size is around 12x20", in ink. Haven't done a final count yet, but it's somewhere in the vicinity of 200 hands.
I'm not thrilled with how the intense black and white turned out, and I made the unfortunate accident of using non-waterproof ink, which means I can't paint over it very easily (right?). All the same: