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Lord Ashram03 Sep 2017 4:21 a.m. PST

Hey all,

Doing some rice paddies, based basically on these great pieces…


But do I do the water in muddy brown, like these examples, or more of a dark bluish greenish black?


jdpintex03 Sep 2017 4:46 a.m. PST

Depends upon the sky. I've seen rice paddies in the US with all three colors. Blue green white clear skies, brown blackish when the sky is overcast.

Lord Ashram03 Sep 2017 4:55 a.m. PST

Hmm… my father in law saw the blue prototype and immediately said it was wrong, needs to be brown.

He spent a lot of time in rice paddies back in the 60s…

mwindsorfw Supporting Member of TMP03 Sep 2017 5:37 a.m. PST

Go look at any river or pond and see what you think. Jdpintex is right, the water tends to pick up the color of the sky. If you don't like that idea, I'd go with a brownish tint.

Personal logo chicklewis Supporting Member of TMP03 Sep 2017 5:53 a.m. PST

Brown, in my experience all over the world.

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP03 Sep 2017 6:18 a.m. PST


Johnny6003 Sep 2017 8:29 a.m. PST

Went for brown with mine, but with a hint of green lines underneath to give the idea of rows of shoots beneath the water…

On larger scales, still brown, but with green plants…

Hope this helps, or maybe it just muddies the water! :)



McKinstry Fezian03 Sep 2017 4:55 p.m. PST

FWIW at least 3 months a year it looks like a very orderly straw stubble field. There is a dry season.

Personal logo Narratio Supporting Member of TMP04 Sep 2017 12:47 a.m. PST

Looking at one on the other other side of my back wall, fresh green rice growing in it but the water is brown, very, very brown. That's brown alright.

Sobieski Inactive Member04 Sep 2017 2:08 a.m. PST

A lot of the soil here (Thailand) is very dark grey-black loam. I have never felt tempted to jump in a paddy for a swim.

Johnny6004 Sep 2017 8:12 a.m. PST

Got to ask – regarding swimming in one. I'm guessing there'd be snakes and all sorts of stuff in there?

Sobieski Inactive Member04 Sep 2017 3:14 p.m. PST

Probably. I once saw a small crocodile cross the road between two fields, all full of farmers. I expressed alarm. "Don't worry", said the driver. "I didn't hit it."

Johnny6005 Sep 2017 12:33 a.m. PST

Thanks for that!

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP05 Sep 2017 11:27 a.m. PST

The rice paddies that I have seen in Thailand have always had brownish water, never blue, even on a sunny day. I did once get to spend a morning planting rice in a dry rice paddy with a bunch of kids at an orphanage/children's home where I taught English for a few weeks. The dirt was a red-brown color. So were all of our pants and our hands by lunch time.

Lion in the Stars08 Sep 2017 3:18 p.m. PST

Even my pics of rice paddies in Japan tend towards brownish water, when you could see it. Pics were taken at the end of July: link

When I made my rice paddies for 15mm Vietnam, I added rows of shoots sticking out the top of the water and lots of overgrowth on the berms.

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