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Shelley Lake PaintingThis simple painting has been created for the painting class to learn reflections in the water.

The Shelley Lake is located in Raleigh, North Carolina, with wooded trails along a scenic lake. A perfect place to feel inspired to create plain air paintings and enjoy the outdoors in an autumn day.


  1. Start by drawing with a pencil, putting attention to the reflections of the trees in the water.
  2. Paint the sky, but at the same time paint the water, because the water is a reflection of the sky.
  3. Paint the trees in the background, and at the same time, copy the trees in the water in an opposite way. The water is like a mirror to the trees.
  4. Start painting the trunk and branches of the trees.
  5. Finish your painting by doing the leaves, dirt and bushes.
  6. Sign your work of art.

Shelley Lake PaintingSupply: This painting can be done in 2 medias, Oil Paintings or Acrylics:

Acrylics: There are many brands of acrylic paintings that I have tested but the one that I like the most is: SOHO, Urban Artistic Acrylic: Excellent paintings, sold at more reasonable price by Jerry’s Arterama. 3060 Wake Forest Road, Raleigh, NC 27609. (919) 876-6610. You can also buy the supply on line.

Oil Paintings: You can buy them at Michael’s, ACMoore, but again the most affordable ones are at Jerry’s Arterama and their brand is LUKAS.

Shelley Lake PaintingCanvas: 14″x 11″


  1. Titanium White
  2. Ivory Black
  3. Cadmium Yellow Light
  4. Cadmium Yellow Medium
  5. Cadmium Orange
  6. Cadmium Red Light
  7. Yellow Ochre
  8. Burn Siena
  9. Burnt Umber
  10. Sap Green or Hookers Green
  11. Royal Blue
  12. Cerulean Blue
  13. Ultramarine Blue

Brushes, multi-purpose, polyvalent. There is a 10pc “Artist’s Loft” at Michael’s, they provides most of the brushes for the beginning or the Pro Stroke-Power Creative Mark of Jerry’s Arterama.
For Oil paintings, the best media is Refined Linseed Oil with Refined Turpentine. To clean the brushes Turpernoi. Glass container to mix media, I have some containers in the studio.
Easel (a simple table metal easel is fine).
Paper towel.
Plate to mix colors or a Paper Palette. SOHO has a very reasonable paper palette at Jerry’s Arterama.

You can learn and enjoy to do this painting in the painting classes:
Call Clina: 919-841-3132
Email: clinapolloni@gmail.com

Visit Clina Polloni Art Studio and Gallery.
13 Garner Road, Franklinton NC 27527.
Take a drive to the beautiful country of North Carolina. Only half an hour from downtown Raleigh.