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”
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”
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”
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”
It was a beautiful spring day, really the perfect day. I went running, spent time with family, and lots of time outside. We barbecued and shared lots of laughs with the kids. And I started a new beach painting. 😀 Hope you enjoyed the day too!
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”
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.
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”
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!”
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”