Thursday, February 25, 2010

The sea near Praia Mole, Florianopolis

The sea near Praia Mole, Florianopolis, Oil on card, 12.8 x 8.2 cm, 54 US$

Today's picture was painted by the sea.

The best way to paint the sea, I find, is to paint a general background colour for the water and for the sky, and then to watch patiently for a while to get a sense of the rhythm of the waves, before sketching them in along with any clouds. It is never easy when the tide is coming in rapidly, however.

It's best, also, to use a very limited palette or I find I get into a mess. You have to accept that you'll never capture all the aspects of the sea in each picture: you can look forwards to showing other aspects in your next painting.

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