Seascape Pleinair “Kite Surfers”

Seascape Pleinair: Simplify

When you see people creating seascapes indoors, most often they get into trouble when painting the shoreline: where the water and sand meet. Best is to take notes at the scene, or create studies, or paint the whole thing outdoors : ) My students in my classes often expect to be able to paint it¬†instantly, but I think it¬†needs the most¬†practice than any¬†other subject within seascaping. A moving ocean is a very complex subject. You’ll want to simplify the ocean into 3 areas first: color of the far away, color of the middle and color of the thin shallow front. Waves are added to those areas and then you can ‘mould it’. You would need ‘details’ occur in paint within the very simplified view. The shadows of the waves could be paint remains, and so on. Making the paint work for you instead of adding them in as details.


SSU04-2015 Seascape “Kite Surfers”
oil on canvas, 24×30 cm | 9.6″ x 11.8″ 2015

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