I began by sketching in some loose coral shapes to give the reef a bit of structure. And I painted in some highlights to give the water a bit of sparkle.
Then I started to build up the layers of color. I want to keep everything really cheery since this is for a preschool and the kids will see it every day. Realism isn't a priority here, so I made up my own fish! The most important thing is to make sure it's fun and BRIGHT, so I used my favorite Lascaux brand acrylic paints. They have super-saturated colors that really pop.
Here's where I stopped today on the right side of the sink...
...and the left side.
and here's the center section in progress.
I should be able to finish up this week and I'll post more pictures as I go. I have to say I really love painting at this school. My daughter used to go there and so there are lots of fun memories for me. Plus the school is 100% outdoors, so I get to paint outside which is one of my favorite things. Why do you think all my crafting is done on my patio? I love making art outside! Stay tuned for more progress shots as I finish up the undersea adventure. I'm thinking jellyfish, some more big fish... and lots of bubbles!