“The most magic thing I own is a pencil. A welcome to the infinite possibilities is ever present in it.” – quote by Cricket Diane C Phillips, 2007
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How To Paint Ocean Waves 3 –
By Cricket Diane C. Phillips
Do you remember standing still at the ocean trying to capture every sound and every nuance of light and color dancing on the waves?
Can you feel the spray that lightly touched your face when you walked in the shallow surf where the waves were bouncing with foam nearby?
Have you thought about the feelings of what you were seeing when the ocean waves pulled into the sand near you and tugged their way back out again?
Are you reminded of the vastness of the ocean as you had looked at the horizon with its light haze and depth of surface color in the sea?
When you remember what it was like at the ocean – can you recall its colors, its feeling, the color of the sky and the ways it changed moment by moment?
These are the things you need to know in order to paint ocean waves and capture the feeling of the scenes you remember. The ideas of time and change are all in you – they are in your memories and you can recall them. Every moment at the sea, there is change – there is motion – there is a feeling, an essence and an idea that is captured in your memories. It isn’t only what you felt at the time, or your thoughts, or what was happening in your life at that time. There is something of the sea and the ocean’s spirit and power that is there too.
Sometimes, when I create – there is nothing but a request to my mind for a memory, a feeling or an essence of a time at the ocean. There is a sunset that comes to my mind with a looming storm beyond the horizon whose clouds are catching the last rays of the sun in brilliant colors against a lavender sky. There is a time when I was afraid to stand on the shore because the power of the waves crashing into the sand were so much greater than me and the winds drove the salty spray of the waves into my skin stinging as it came. But the colors – ooh the colors of that moment drove me to distraction to understand their shades and hues and subtleties. The sand felt different, the sea felt distant, though I stood right beside her, and the sky was filled with unusual textures and colors that I would love to describe in paint.
There are intricacies to painting which are like nothing else because from the mind of the artist directly to the mind of the viewer there is no boundary – no wall – no caption or remark to make. It is a direct route of communication without limitation in an immediate, encompassing sense. The best way to describe this is for you to choose a moment to capture in paint, let go of all your pre-conceived notions of how to go about it, let go and paint it. Make it so. Let the paint describe all of what you saw, all of what you experienced and all of what you felt in that moment. Push all the judgements about how it should be done or how it should look – out of your mind and let the paint be an extension of what you know. Then let someone see it and see what they see. There is nothing you can say that will add to their experience with it. The moment they have seen it, something has passed between your mind and theirs directly. Infinitely, genuinely and honestly – they have been given some part of that experience as you remembered it. If you want words for what they have seen – ask them, but often words fail to accurately describe experiences like this and many people fall back on whether they like it or not and try to get you to talk more about it.
Do you remember the sky, the day you stood at the ocean on a summer day? Can you feel the warmth of the sand under your feet and the clean smell of the gentle breeze that brought the sounds of people drifting on it?
Did you ever walk on the beach at night or wade in the water as the sun was sinking below the horizon? Do you remember the sparkly little foam that you kicked halfway across to the moon as you walked in the cool water with the wet sand tugging under your feet at each step? Can you recall what the sky looked like as the moon and stars lit the sea like thousands of tiny diamonds bobbing up and down with each little crest of a wave?
There are thousands of moments in each day and as we stand in the realm of the ocean’s power – her force is evident in seemingly infinite changes within each of those moments to everything surrounding her. The sky isn’t the same from one moment to the next – the colors fade toward the horizon one moment and some other time – the hue is deeper there. The foam on the sand ebbs and flows with the surf, but the reflections in it are never the same. Wet sand, dry sand are definitely different colors – yet, warm sand is many shades and cold sand seems grey whether it is or not.
Set up a horizon on the surface to paint.
Remember a moment to capture.
Define the sky with colors, swirls, textures, clouds and reflected light.
Play in the paint to achieve effects that describe details to include.
Stop touching it – the moment any part of it looks right.
Don’t fix it. Just do another one and each one will get better.
Enhance waves, shadows, contours and specific elements carefully – because it will change what you already have right.
And, last of all – remember – it is perfect because you did it this way today, this time and in capturing this one moment this way. Let it go and do another one.
May 2011 –
CricketDiane’s New Zazzle Store with products that have original cricketdiane artwork on them – ocean, flowers, paintings, photography, surrealism, weird and unusual, ugly mens’ ties, iPad covers and skateboard decks
The new CricketDiane website where rights to use the ocean paintings and other artwork, writing and Got No Money Guides can be arranged –
Wander by and see them sometime –
Happy painting and creating wonderful things.
(added to this post 05-03-11)
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|Original/Reproduction :||Orginal||Style:||Miniature ACEO|
|Date of Creation :||2009||Medium:||Mixed Media|
|Size :||2.5 x 3.5||ACEO Art Cart:||ACEO ORIGINAL signed|
Ships of the Imagination.
Pocket Art fits in your Hand
By The Artist Cricket Diane C Phillips
“Moonlit Cruise” created on 2-14-08
2.5″ x 3.5″ original acrylic painting on mat board – trading card – aceo – by Cricket Diane C. Phillips.
Ships of The Imaginations are beautiful miniaturized pieces of art that fits anywhere that needs a bit of culture with out damaging walls or cluttering up spaces. Great for the home, office or a gift for the special people in your life. Fits in any standard wallet picture frame. All originals are unique one of a kind never to be reproduced again in this life time and signed, dated by the Artist herself- Cricket Diane. Artist and Creator of Cricket House Studios and the Baby Cricket Art.
Copyright of this painting and all images created by the artist, Cricket Diane C. Phillips remain with the artist. Thank you!
Pocket Art real art you can hold in your hand. They are a place to dream and let the mind wander freely. They are a place where the imagination can soar.
Pocket Art is trading card-sized real art, slightly larger than a credit card that have been painted by the artist Cricket Diane C. Phillips of Atlanta, Georgia. Her business, Cricket House Studios is crafting these works of art individually.
Scenes of the ocean painted from the mind of the artist fill the surfaces of the Pocket Art as well as other subjects. Mostly, they are rich with color and texture portraying the many moods of the ocean waves and sky. It feels as though the viewer is standing at the ocean.
Best of all, in a micro-sized fashion of our times, the Pocket Art can and will fit anywhere. They are prized by collectors and also displayed as personal art on office desktops. They have a size that makes them easy to display and fun to collect.
Cricket Diane C. Phillips created her studio as Cricket House Studios two years ago. She has been painting for over thirty-five years in a variety of themes. Her art has always been a vivid interpretation of the world around her and from within her mental landscape.
Pocket Art are just an extension of that internal view. She is creating free-hand from her memories and imagination. Currently, her Pocket Art are being sold online and through Ebay. The artist paints every day and invites you to come and enjoy the brilliant, vividness that no computer could ever do any justification to.
Currently, Cricket House Studios are offering a few releases of her Pocket Arr. Come and Get them while they last.
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Offer of Free Miniature Ocean Waves Painting / Trading Card / ACEO / original miniature painting created by Cricket Diane C Phillips (with $2.00 shipping and handling)
In order to market test the style of art painting that I am considering putting in stores – I am offering a free hand-painted miniature ocean waves painting or ocean waves painting with boat that are an original art one-of-a-kind collectible trading card.
Each original unique ocean waves artwork is an individually painted miniature ocean waves painting or ocean waves painting with a boat, sailboat or ship added. I am sending this original ocean waves miniature painting to you for free with a small charge for postage and handling of $2.00.
These paintings of the sea are acrylic paintings in miniature done on a variety of surfaces including mat board, canvas, watercolor paper, bristol board and canvas paper. Each miniature sea painting is 2.5 inches by 3.5 inches – about the size of a playing card, collectible trading card and slightly larger than a credit card.
Paintings of the ocean waves in this miniature size as I have painted them, are filled with emotion and color – and is a real painting that you can hold in your hand. You can feel the actual strokes of the paint in the surface of each unique sea painting. To cover postage and handling, there is a $2.00 charge, which can be sent by mail or through PayPal.
These are original ocean and sea waves paintings – original works of art in miniature designed and painted exclusively by a single artist, Cricket Diane C Phillips, made in the USA. Total size of each card is 2.5 inches by 3.5 inches (2 1/2 in. x 3 1/2 in.). They have been individually painted, signed and titled on the back with scenes of ocean waves and sky in each original miniature ocean painting.
The subject matter available will be ocean waves painting or ocean waves painting with boat. They are in an emotional painting style to capture the feeling of the ocean waves in a moment of time.
The examples you see here are ones I have painted which have already been sold and are now only available in prints. These examples of ocean waves miniature trading card paintings are not going to be identical to those offered. Each miniature sea painting is different and one-of-a-kind.
If you would like an ocean waves trading card painting that I have painted – order today – send $2.00 for postage and handling in the USA or $3.50 for International (Outside the USA), plus your name, address, city, state and country with postal code (zipcode).
And, do you want an ocean waves miniature painting or an ocean waves / sea painting miniature with a boat in it? The boats are purely imaginary and not intended to convey reality as a mechanical drawing would do. These are paintings, not comic strips.
Some of the ocean waves paintings have the blue and aqua tones of the sea and some have sunsets of the sea, night sea, early dusk ocean waves with muted tones and some are deep at sea without any sign of coast or shore.
Some of these miniature sea paintings / ocean waves paintings in trading card size have exotic color combinations with a flurry of ocean waves and some are calm, serene seas with touches of colors not uncommon to the ocean at different times of the day and in certain weather conditions over the sea.
Send $2.00 by mail, or use PayPal as described below to receive your own original miniature trading card sized ocean waves painting by CricketDiane. Please remember to note whether you would like an ocean waves miniature painting or an ocean waves painting with a boat miniature sea painting.
To: Cricket Diane C Phillips
1525 Terrell Mill Place, Apt. H
Marietta, GA 30067
– Or, if you have PayPal –
transmit $2.00 USA or $3.50 International to –
firstname.lastname@example.org on your PayPal account
and send me an email with your request for either ocean or ocean with boat – including your name, address, city, state, country and postal code
Note – Please take a moment when you receive your original ocean waves miniature painting / sea painting trading card to email me or post a comment. I am interested in knowing –
1. Do you like your ocean waves painting or not?
2. What do you like or dislike about your original one-of-a-kind sea painting in miniature?
3. Would you like to see these miniature ocean waves paintings and ocean waves paintings with boats available in stores as a souvenir or collectible?
That would be great and you can register your original miniature sea painting by posting your comment on my blog after you have received your ocean waves painting trading card, if you can take a moment to do that.
This offer good through June 30, 2009 – to get an ocean waves painting in trading card sized miniature of your own through this offer.
Limit – per household, individual or business, as many ocean wave miniature paintings art cards by cricketdiane as you would like but postage and handling is required for each of them.
For any business, non-profit, conservation, oceanography, or ocean / maritime / aquarium group interested in these miniature ocean waves paintings in trading card size, ocean waves with boats trading card size paintings or prints of these sea paintings to use for fund-raising or profit-making, please contact –
(or post a comment here with your request and I will email you.)
Orders will be filled in the order received.
You should receive your card in less than three weeks unless a waiting list becomes necessary, if it has been over three weeks let me know by email and I will see if I can find what happened to it.
I paint to communicate because I know this –
Art is a dialogue between the artist and each person that will ever see that artwork. It is immediate and without limitation or boundary. There is no hindrance in the interpretation of words, meanings of ideas or expectation of rewards. It is appropriate to time, place, nationality and culture because art is a clear, direct communication. It is not silence. It is not static. Art is the communication of change and of presence here and now between the viewer and the artist.
Art is more than emotion. It moves something primal in each of us. It is the comfort of knowing we are not alone and that another has stood where we stand in our mind’s landscape and in our lives. Art is not because I told you something today through my art. It is because we chose to have this moment of dialogue today in the course of our lives with all their complexities. That is why it is important. And, that is what makes it special.
Art is a choice between two unlike minds to gather for a moment and consummate a dialogue and to compare notes on the experience of living. There may never be words for it.
Written by Cricket Diane C Phillips, 2008
February 14, 2008
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The hope to express ourselves within our paths as our destiny unfolds has been written in eloquence by writers throughout the ages. Having read many of these, I have the idea that none convey what I sense and feel as I stand on the cusp of change.
– Cricket Diane C Phillips, 2008