Friday, August 24, 2012

Watching the Waves Roll In

11" x 14" oil on stretched canvas

I had so much fun painting this one - I didn't stress about being super realistic or accurate. Just enjoyed the colors and the movement, and tried to capture what it FELT like on that beach, more than what it LOOKED like. That approach was very freeing and relaxing.

You may have noticed I'm not posting as frequently lately. It's due to two things: one is that I'm taking a class (non painting-related) at the local community college, so that reduces my free time. The other is that I've been painting on larger canvases recently, and it takes longer to finish a painting.

My husband, who is not a painter but is definitely an artist, has suggested several times that painting those small 6x6 and 5x7 pieces might be limiting me. I don't know if that's true or not, but since I rarely paint outside in the summer (not in this climate, believe you me) there's really no need to paint alla prima, and I can complete a canvas over a period of days, instead of rushing to get it down before the light changes :-)

So I've been using up my stock of 8x10 and 9x12 panels, and these larger canvases I've had cluttering up my studio.


  1. Perfect, love the light shining through the wave in the background. I do lots of surf paintings and they are one of my favorite things to paint.


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