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”

Painting a Crashing Wave

The goal of this painting was to capture the details of the wave as it crashes – the shadows inside the foam, the spray, the movement. Want a dose of creative inspiration? Sign up for my newsletter “My Creative Collection” by clicking here. Learn more about the newsletter here. Prints of my watercolor beach paintings areContinue reading “Painting a Crashing Wave”

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.  

Back at it

Preoccupied with other things, I didn’t sit down to paint much this week. So, it feels particularly good to make some progress on this painting today. This painting has been hanging around for a few weeks. It was definitely at risk of going into the scrap pile. But I try to give each one aContinue reading “Back at it”

Finished feels so good!

I’m thankful for today’s snow day and the break from everyday life. That and a few days of sketching figures gave me the push to finally finish this beach scene with the three girls playing in the surf. I’ve been afraid to finish this one – afraid of ruining it. As I sat down toContinue reading “Finished feels so good!”

Tips and tools that prove invaluable

When I think about the progress I’ve made in the past two months, there are a few things that standout out to me. First watching videos of other artists painting waves gave me some great tips (which I wrote about here.) Second, one of the artists was using a flat brush so I bought aContinue reading “Tips and tools that prove invaluable”