A copy of the post called,
“How to Paint Sparkling Ocean – Sea Waves in watercolors – Cats and Boats – Abstract Nautical Sailboat Sea Paintings and How to”
from August 2, 2009 (that I wrote on this blog.)
Reply and Comment on my blog – 08-01-09
Submitted on 2009/07/31 at 9:23am
am trying to lern to paint ocean water, transparent water with little waves on a beach .Do you have any DVDs that I can buy, or suggest some to me,that would be good, and where I can get them,Thankyou, MILAN CVJETIC.
My Reply – 08-01-09
Submitted on 2009/07/31 at 5:26pm
I’m sure there aren’t any I would watch – but that’s because it would be easier to get out some paint and play with it until it does what I want. Today, there isn’t a dvd that I’ve made about creating ocean waves in watercolor, however try this -
Imagine what the finished piece will be and the moment that you want to capture.
Everywhere there is to be sparkle, foam or waves – don’t put any paint there. Don’t wet the entire watercolor paper, but instead paint with limited areas of wetness across the page from side to side where the foam, sparkle and froth of the waves will not be.
Sounds pretty backwards, doesn’t it? In essence, paint everything in deep hues where the sea is getting deeper away from the viewer until it nears the horizon while leaving the irregular shapes of the wave crests near the viewer and where there are hints of building waves in the middle behind the detailed areas in the foreground.
There is a dry brush technique that works great for sparkle in watercolor – try it first on a separate piece of watercolor paper. Fill the dry paintbrush (stiff bristles have one set of effects, soft bristles have a different look done this way) with paint by gently, lightly dragging it across the top of the paint so it doesn’t fill the bristles completely. Then pull the color across the page drifting it across the surface in one smooth motion. Each swipe across the surface will fill in some of the color under the sparkle. This isn’t white paint in the brush, although you can do that with acrylics or oil paints.
For watercolors, the paper provides the only pure white in the painting, so when the sparkle happens – it is literally the paper showing through the other colors that convey visual information beneath the foam, the spray, the breaking wave froth, and the sparkly little bits that to the viewer seem to be on top of the water. It is easy to fill the brush with several colors of the water and sand to drag across the paper in front of a breaking wave to convey the sparkly foam in the shallows where we would splash and dig our toes into the wet sand.
There is a little shadow beneath each wave’s crashing froth – it can be created with a light wash with only a hint of wet pigment slightly darker than the sea water and depending on the time of day in your painting, the frothiness of the wave can be captured with swirls of very, very thin prussian blue washes blended gently into the areas of white or using lightly wet soft bristles partially filled with a very, very thin wash of payne’s grey. Try it on another piece of paper first.
The clouds and sky will be the same thing – where there are white volumes of clouds must be left unpainted because where the white paper is ever given a tint, it will never be white again. The horizon at certain times of day and in some weather conditions will be almost invisible and lighter than the surrounding upper sky or deep ocean areas. And, at other times it is well-defined and occasionally, deeper in color. What looks right in your mind’s eye? Clouds can be defined from the white surface of the paper using light thin washes of blueish purple, grey, or cobalt that develop the curving forms of shadows beneath their fluffy round forms.
Sunsets and sunrises, afternoons and dusk, all have particular tints to everything. As long as the tints match throughout the painting, it can be believable as if your viewer is standing at that place at that time of day.
The best thing to do is to have some fun with experimenting to find the different effects that can happen, but the basic rule for painting in watercolor is that white areas are left clean and lightly developed, lighter values go on first and each layer of color builds to the darkest which is painted last, rather than first as in acrylics and oil paintings.
Great fun painting – can’t wait to see the results!
- cricketdiane, 07-31-09
CricketDiane 2009 – “Caveat” (title) – 2.5″ x 3.5″ Baby Crickets Ocean Series Sailboat Nautical Abstract watercolor 2009, 2007 – how to paint ocean sea paintings – step by step how to paint watercolor sea paintings / ocean waves -
painting ocean waves, how to paint ocean sea waves paintings in watercolor,
Cricket House Studios Stuff – ocean paintings and how to paint ocean waves
[And the final work - ]
And, just for fun – one of the other cricketdiane pocket art card original paintings from 2007 – this one with a cat and a sailboat titled:
“Playing with Mama’s Sailboat”
In this watercolor pocket art card that I created, a snuggly kitty is doing what dittling about that happens when cats are in my life – playing with my toys . . .
- cricketdiane, 08-02-09
Note – this painting above may be watercolor and acrylic or china white watercolor paint riding over the transparent watercolors for the white of the surf and foam in the foreground. I experimented with a lot of different techniques and tried different ways to get the ocean to look the way I remembered it. If it feels like I could splash my feet in it – then, it works as far as I’m concerned.
- cricketdiane 2009
ADDED – April 2012 -
If you would like to see the things I’ve been doing with my paintings of the ocean – you can find them here at a Zazzle store called, CricketDiane, of course -
This page has the small things with some of the ocean images that I’ve painted and I’ve figured out that if everybody buys one small thing – I will be able to fund starting my business properly – so I’m asking – please do . . .
A little magnet costs about $4 and it would help me to really get started making this into a real business with some appropriate startup funding. Thanks so much for wandering over to my blog and reading the things here and I do appreciate your interest – its very nifty.
Ah, and the actual store is here – but there is a lot of things on it besides ocean waves art and the category “Small Things” has a lot of images that I’ve created and put on products which would be very little to own, less than $10 for any of them. so everybody go buy one – — LOL, but definitely, yes please do.
“Elegant Seascape” CricketDiane Ocean Art by CricketDiane
Create custom refrigerator magnets at Zazzle
The CricketDiane Store at Zazzle -
The CricketDiane Website – (which I just reworked and I’m still working on it, but some of it looks pretty good . . . )
Another page in the Ocean Waves Small Things category -
And, a quick note -
The other day, I went to make the products with the cat playing with mama’s sailboat watercolor that I did and the zazzle site got buggared just as I was doing them – although it only lasted a few minutes, it means that those products are waiting to be completed. The art is already uploaded and it will just take a little while to get them made and then a day or two before they can be seen on the site once I’ve made them. Please check back in a few days if you would like things with that cutest little cat thing on them – and they will be there.
Yes, very nifty . . .