Ocean Inspiration

A little more seascape practice was on the agenda for me…

The Power Of Thge Ocean - NB
The Power Of The Ocean

I’ve been trying out yet more different techniques for painting the ocean. I’m slowly but surely grasping how important it is to reserve the white paper where necessary. Yes I can add highlights with white gouache but the original white of the paper is much better. The majority of the white in this seascape is the white of the paper. I have also used a spray bottle to add water in specific areas to help create the waves and sea spray. I’m happy with some areas of this seascape and not so happy with others. But I guess that’s all part of the learning process, as long as I understand why I don’t like certain areas and have an idea of what I would do different next time…

Ocean Inspiration Mosaic - NB
Ocean Inspiration

Above is the remnants of a seascape that went wrong! So I decided to cut it up into abstract squares and glued them to a piece of cartridge paper. Carefully arranged, these abstract squares look lovely together and I find them inspirational. Straight away I noticed how lovely the colours are that I used – Daniel Smith’s Ultramarine Turquoise, Prussian Blue and touches of Indigo. So as a complete seascape this didn’t make the grade but as small abstract pieces of inspirational art they work really well!

16 thoughts on “Ocean Inspiration

    1. Thank you Carolynn – next time I might try splattering masking fluid for the sea spray before painting. I find the small squares are good reference for future abstract paintings…

  1. Ocean Inspiration is an interesting piece – something good from adversity. For waves, I use masking fluid – but then that gives a hard edge- so I soften that off by scraping back with a scalpel to get white paper. You can always judiciously work into the white if youve got too much of it.
    I also find over complicated waves with lots of subwaves dont work that well. One wave breaking seems to have gravitas – something I learned the hard way – but each to their own.

    1. Thank you Graham – interesting advice! I’m trying lots of different techniques at the moment and hopefully will gradually find what works for me…

  2. I’m another one who can actually hear the sea in this picture, Evelyn! It is truly gorgeous and so evokative – I have always loved the sea. To cut up the one you didn’t consider had worked and rearrange the pieces to make a new artwork is inspirational – I always think it’s a terrible waste to throw stuff away even if you think it’s no good! You can turn your mistakes into triumphs.

    Thank you for visiting my blog and I’m glad you like my roses! I’ve got to finish 2 of the projects by Monday so I’ve got to get my skates on, amongst all the other stuff I’m busy with at the moment.


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