Painting Seascape

For a nature lover like us especially for a person who loves water, there is nothing better than going to the ocean and seeing the waves come crashing to the shore. This is very interesting to capture with same as putting the scenery in a canvas. Perhaps you have been to a gallery and wondered how the artist produced a lovely seascape.

There are several ways you to produce a seascape and tools that you can use. A seascape works well when using pastels, colored pencils, pen and ink, watercolors, acrylics or oils. If you are in the beach and enjoying the lovely scenery you may want to use either a watercolor sketch or pastel pencils.

What you should do first before in doing a seascape is to layout the horizon. The placement of the horizon is essential and you don’t want to place it right in the middle of the painting. For one, this is just not compositionally pleasing. If you like the sky, you may also wan to want to capture it in the way it reflects on the water. You may want to lower the horizon line to give more space for the sky. If you want to include waves that crashing onto the shore, then raise the horizon line to give show more of the water. You should learn how to figure out what you want the people to perceive when you determine the horizon line.

After knowing where you should put the horizon line, next thing for you to figure out is the color combination. Water is extremely reflective. If you notice, as you look at the ocean you will see not just one color. You have the white foam, the darker gray green of the deeper water and the clear blue of the Caribbean. You may want to use t halo blue, t halo green, cobalt blue, and other colors to make a new color combination. For reflective white, I recommend to you the t halo green and white, pink and light purple. I know you have seen water at sunset when the sky and water turn a beautiful golden pink. I recently saw a painting of this and the artist used short strokes of a pink made with permanent rose and white. The painting is glowing and captured the beautiful reflective quality of the sky and water. Seeing it from a distance, you won’t notice the pink just the glow of light.

No matter what technique you use to produce your seascape, you will want to capture he movement of the water. You can paint water a smooth but the sea is in continuous motion. I think, seascape look very beautiful with waves. So capture the rolling feeling of the waves. With the use of brush strokes or lines to capture the feeling of water you can create the direction of the waves. Stroke the paint brush in choppy strokes to create the direction of waves. Stroke the paint brush in broken strokes to create short waves and longer strokes to create the crest of the wave. Roll your brush as you paint to bear a resemblance to the curl of a wave.

So next time you go to the beach and you wish to try seascape, bring with you some art tools and do it. But of course do not forget that you’re on the beach to relax so don’t get stress if the picture is not exactly right. Just try to relax and enjoy on what you are doing!

Love seascape painting? I’m sure you will also love abstract art paintings. Aside for being a good investments, abstract art are a perfect for wall decoration as well as for art collectors. So try to visit abstract art gallery on line and order one!

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