The beach has been the backdrop of my life. It’s where I was born and raised, played, worked as a lifeguard…and now enjoy summer days with my family. I spend a lot of time learning and practicing capturing the ocean in watercolor.
How to Paint the Ocean with Watercolor and Gouache:
1. Use a reference photo.
2. Tape your paper to a board.
3. Tape your horizon line.
4. Mix your colors.
5. Paint the first layer. From the distant ocean to the dry sand.
6. Darken the first layer as needed.
7. Paint the sky.
8. Paint the foam with white gouache.
9+. Add details.
Call it done!
The full tutorial is a 2 page pdf, provides details of each step, and includes a reference photo, and photos at each stage.
View my collection of seascapes here. Originals and prints are available!
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