Sunlit Wave

We begin painting with the sky because it’s the source of light and influences the color in the entire piece. The upper regions are White + Cobalt Blue. Moving downward the sky is covered with a lighter mix of White + Pthalo Blue. The area nearest the horizon is made with the lightest combination of White + Pthalo Blue + a tiny bit of Cadmium Orange.

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Softening the Line where Sky meets Sea

A crashing wave breaks the horizon line, helping to increase the feeling of depth in our scene. Please remember, you may click on any of the images to see the larger.

The distant rocks are blocked in with combinations of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Cadmium Orange + more Ultramarine Blue + White. Strokes of some of the blues from the water are added into the rocks to make them cooler so they will recede.

The dark part of the ocean is made of several mixes in different proportions of Ultramarine Blue + a little MUD + White. The lightest of these mixtures is dragged over the rocks to give the impression of mist rising up from the crashing surf.

The massive rocks in the foreground are painted with warmer mixes of MUD + Cadmium Orange + a touch of Cadmium Yellow Medium + White. This brings them forward visually following a simple rule: Warm Colors Come Forward, Cool Colors Go Back.

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the Sunlit Wave

A few slabs of rock emerge from the sandy beach here and there. These are painted directly into the wet paint of the water.

The sunlit wave and rocks lining the shore are complete! Thank you for following along today, see you in our next session. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have in the comments section below. With Colorful Smiles,


© Senkarik 2020

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