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“Night Sea” – Ocean waves painting of the sea at night. This ocean waves art card was created in acrylic paint and then scanned and photographed to put it into the computer. Filters from several computer software programs were added to change the overall look from the acrylic ocean painting style to watercolor effects.
A painting can be created using watercolor that would convey this look by using flowing open white areas and translucent washed ochre in small touches which are then removed – these washes must be very light to prevent the ochre pigment from fixing to the paper and destroying the overall flow of the night sea image.
The placement of successive washes in ultramarine, prussian blue, and small touches of cobalt fill out the picture plane. Each wash becomes successively darker and deeper with mars black or payne’s grey added toward the end of the process. It is possible to protect some areas with frisket but that isn’t necessary if the work is staged to dry between the addition of the very darkest elements.
The depth of the ocean’s night sky over the sea waves can be achieved by a mix a black and prussian blue with a depth of hue not usually reserved for watercolor paintings. Touches of this blue-black mix can be coordinated in the picture by underlaying some shadow areas beneath the waves and especially in the foreground to detail the flowing, fluid essence of the ocean which will bring these elements into enhanced focus.
Although I didn’t create this painting in watercolor originally but rather in acrylic paints, the effects can be generated in layers of watercolors to re-create the emotion, the essence and the elements of the ocean waves in the night sea.
Painting the ocean waves of the Night Sea -
by Cricket Diane C Phillips, Cricket House Studios, 06-21-09