Re-post from 2008 CricketDiane Blog – Painting
The Ocean As A Subject of Art – 2 – Cricket Diane C Phillips – 2008
- Make it candid, genuine and real.
- Pushing color into wave foam (to strengthen contrast and bring out definition in curl of the wave)
- Soften or crisp horizon line
- Add detail cautiously and as least ( minimum) as possible
- Have palette of techniques for effects
- How to paint ocean waves from as many sources as possible
- Form the wave, form the play of foam nearest the viewer, soften the horizon for misty look / sharpen horizon for clear or cool weather; add distant crests
- Give visual texture to the sky, smoother is more distant; use swirls, feathered effects, light behind or light above / below clouds for definition
- Each color choice carries an emotional character when combined and contrasted
- Try – then stop – set it aside – leave it and do another.
- Scan or photo and look at with computer –
- did it do what you wanted?
- are there areas that you see an effect you could use in another piece or enhance?
- what did you do to get that effect?
- overall – what does it say to you / remind you of / feel like? how could it do that better or more so?