Making Waves

Fresh into the new year and I have completed – I think- another painting.  This one was difficult, sitting on the easel for about 2 months before getting to this point.  Of course things like Christmas and New Years got in the way, but this was also one of the first times I’ve really wanted to just abandon a piece and start over.

But I plowed through it and am somewhat satisfied with the results.

A part of the large landscapes series, this piece is sort of about a sense of inevitability. I tried to capture the aspects of the wave building, cresting, and crashing back down.  I also painted the sky moody to keep the piece from looking like a vacation photo.

 

Another wave

Another wave.  Learning more about ways to frame and compose the images to get the best possible impact.  I think I am going to need another trip to the beach to get some more source photos and do more studies.

On this painting, instead of mixing greens I used viridian, which is correct in terms of color, but the transparency of the paint makes it really frustrating to use.

untitled (wave study) : Oil on linen. 8" x 18". 2015

untitled (wave study) : Oil on linen. 8″ x 18″. 2015

Waves

I’ve been interested in waves and the ocean as part of the larger landscape series.  It feels like a good fit with some of the emotional content behind the work.  A few weeks back I took a trip to the beach that was sunless and windy – but provided some great reference shots!

I’ve started working up some ideas for sketches – the first is below.  Despite the day being cool and grey the painting still came out a little sunny… I’ll need to work on that in the future.

untitled (wave study) : Oil on linen. 18" x 12". 2015

untitled (wave study) : Oil on linen. 18″ x 12″. 2015