Painting the ocean

Living near the ocean, and loving it as I do, I’ve often tried to paint it. It’s not easy! There are so many shadows in the water even on the calmest days. I’ve created paintings where I’ve tried to paint each little shadow and they have looked stiff. Nothing like water. I’ve found that sometimes the quick paintings of the ocean, where I don’t over work them, end up being the most successful.
In this painting I added a little water below the blue and it pushed into the blue creating blooms that look like a wave. Happy accidents!


26 thoughts on “Painting the ocean

    1. Sorry! I know you’re not Laura – please forgive me, I was on a different planet – but the comment still stands, this is a gorgeous painting!

  1. Great job Eileen! I am at the beach on vacation and thought I would paint the ocean/beach. I can’t believe how difficult it is! At least for a very very beginner like me. You did a nice job. πŸ™‚

  2. GREAT JOB! Water is a fickle trickle isn’t it! Especially open ocean like that, where there is no shadows to reflect….but using the water like this created a perfect effect of waves….

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