Six Coastal Decor Tips

It’s not surprising – considering my love for the beach – that my house has a beachy vibe. If you’d like to add a coastal feeling to your home here are some ideas: Use light neutral paint colors. My walls are off white and light gray. Moldings are white. Sand beneath your feet – butContinue reading “Six Coastal Decor Tips”

Jetty

The focus of this painting is the rocks – the jetty. I had fun creating the different shapes and shadows of the rocks. I’m especially proud of the wet look of the sand where the water has just receded. And of course this painting needed a seagull. The beaches in my hometown are delineated byContinue reading “Jetty”

Side Surfer

I primarily paint from my own photos. It’s nice to incorporate that into the process of a painting – capturing a moment that strikes me and later painting it. This painting is from a photo I took at my hometown beach of Long Beach, NY. It’s taken from the angle of one set of jetties,Continue reading “Side Surfer”

Blue Wave #11

This painting was a break through for me. It was the first painting where I used white gouache – more opaque than watercolor paint – to paint the foam and spray. Before this I relied on the white of the paper for those areas. Using gouache allowed me to create more depth in the foam and waves.Continue reading “Blue Wave #11”

Capturing the Ocean in Watercolor

I’ve aspired to capture the ocean in watercolor for years. In December I made “painting the beach” my New Year’s project. The snow was falling outside, but I was inside painting waves. With each painting I learned and improved. Some of my firsts in early January. I watched a few YouTube videos and learned fromContinue reading “Capturing the Ocean in Watercolor”

Parting with originals

Yesterday I finished this painting. It went through an ugly stage and was at risk of being abandoned, but I recently picked it up again and continued to work at it. I really like the big border I left – made easy by using thick tape on the edges. As I was finishing it, IContinue reading “Parting with originals”

Stepping back from a painting

I was so happy to have time this weekend to start AND finish a new beach painting. On Saturday I painted the first layers. On Sunday I added the details – more lights, more darks. I use a lot of white gouache! I wasn’t sure it was done, but I propped the painting up onContinue reading “Stepping back from a painting”

Picking a blue for my next watercolor painting

Recently I created a little swatch guide for all the blue watercolor paints I’d accumulated. Today I used it to help me pick a blue for my ocean mix and a blue for the sky. Want to learn more about my process for painting the beach? Click here.