There are many little tricks you can do to make the water in your paintings look better.Let's go over some of the key things that will make a difference.
The values that you see in water are slightly different than the actual objects that are reflected. For example, you will notice that dark values such as black will appear slightly lighter. Lighter values like white will appear to be a light gray. Now, the difference in the values may be very slight, but we want to emphasize it in our paintings because it gives a better effect of water.