I’ve started a new painting of my favourite place, Loch Morlich. This view is one I have painted several times and I never get sick of it. It’s got everything – mountains, trees, big sky and beautiful blue waters.

But painting water and reflections can seem like a big challenge when you’re starting out. But here is a top tip to help your picture.

When painting a landscape with a body of water, turn your painting 90 degrees so that the horizon runs vertically on the canvas. This will help you see whether the reflections are symmetrical with the landscape. And as a bonus, any dribbly paint will not run down the canvas and ruin other parts of the picture.

You can find another painting tip for landscapes in my previous blog about painting upside down.

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