Reisha Perlmutter’s Beautiful Underwater Paintings
These hyper-realistic portrait-paintings of women underwater by Reisha Perlmutter make you consciously hold your breath They are so stunning!
I’m not sure how I came across her work but I’ve been thinking about it ever since.
She’s able to capture water and its movement with dappled lighting as well as the human form so realistically.
I’m not sure of her process but I imagine a lot of photos serve as visual reference for her paintings, some of which may be self portraits, and adds to the beauty of the paintings.
Capturing the Water, Light, Reflection and Form
Her Instagram shows a slow motion video of water rippling when disturbed and all the reflections it casts. This would provide an abundance of visual reference from which to paint. I’ve always been captivated with water and trying to get the essence of its characteristics captured but it’s a challenge that I have not yet mastered. She has done it exquisitely well.
Divorcing your mind’s eye from what it’s telling you should be seeing from the actual abstract forms that create the reality and are represented in the painting is the key — and of course, having the talent to paint them.
Water Bodies Exhibit
I thought it appropriate to post about her Aqua series just when the summer weather has become unbearably hot. These paintings are a refreshing dose of “coolness.”
The Water|Bodies exhibit featured by Town & Country also cools you off.
It was organized by the Southampton Arts Center with the New York Academy and on view until July 31st.
Now, get out of the heat, go see the exhibit and then jump in the pool or ocean, if you’re lucky enough to be there. 😉