“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)
Cricket D. Says – “Grow a Green Thing – Save The Sea”
If everyone plants as many leafy plants as they can inside and out – we could save our oceans.
Plants are the original nano-material for converting carbon dioxide into oxygen and safe, usable nutrients.
We may not be able to put back trees as fast as they are being torn down in our communities – but we can make a difference by planting as many green things as we can – hostas, ferns, flowers, evergreens, vines like philodendrons, morning glories and ivys, vegies and treelings.
Plant five Green Things a week in your yard. If we all do that throughout the summer and fall across America, we can start lowering the carbon dioxide levels that are affecting our oceans. It will improve our air quality, too.
Add plants indoors, on porches, in windows, and in offices and businesses, too. It could buy the time our scientists, inventors and engineers need to implement the green solutions they’ve created.
Clip your plants and start new ones from them. Plant seeds and nursery seedlings. Add mulch for fertilizer. Plant roses and shrubs. Divide plants and make two or three from each. Its easy and fun. Children might help but its time for the grown-ups to lead the way.
Grow a Green Thing (or two) and Save The Seas.
Written by Cricket Diane C Phillips
Cricket House Studios – 2008
Feel free to forward this and please let’s help each other to get some stuff planted. Thanks!
When I was painting these ocean waves paintings originally, my goal was to capture the many moods of the ocean from memories in my own mind. They are not utterly realistic as many of the paintings are today and that is not what I wanted anyway since photography can certainly capture that ultra-realism in ways that are unnecessary from art today as it once was. When the moods and emotional qualities of the ocean are expressed, there are moments of the ocean’s beauty that could not be expressed in any other way because it carries the interaction of the viewer with it as part of what this ocean art conveys. My memories were carried in my heart and mind as the most special of places to go within my own mental landscapes during times of stress or worry – as a place to nourish and be healed.
The zazzle store products with my ocean paintings on them have yielded a number of surprising wonderful results. Some of them are attractive and enticing with the feeling of standing at the ocean during some specific weather event when the waves are high and the foam surging with the promise of a storm coming from nearby. Some express the night surf under a moonlit sky with its reflections on the clouds and surf and some carry the waves in their passion evoking dance between one another as they often do in our great oceans. I like the products with the ocean art on them for the most part and hope to make them available to people who love the ocean as I do, to enjoy and to share their love of the ocean with others, to be nourished and healed in their moments of stress and worry as well.
Today, as I have been sorting these new lines of products into their appropriate categories on my zazzle store, I thought to share them here and on facebook with my friends. Sometimes, it is hard for me to let others know about them because it seems blatantly more like promoting myself rather than letting others know about the beautiful new products that I’m creating on zazzle using my art and new design ideas. But, at the same time – I hate that so few people have ever seen them and don’t know anything about any of them. There are certainly others artists creating wonderful ocean art that can be found on the internet, but it seems there are many more creating ultra-realistic romanticized paintings of the ocean than trying to capture its emotional qualities as we interact with our experiences with the ocean. I wish more artists would try to do that – it is something that art and painting the ocean waves can convey that no photograph can ever hope to express. And, the images that are conveyed are beautiful, passionate, emotional and visually interesting since they express our human interaction with the sea.
Painting ocean waves was a wonderful experience for me over the last five years to add to the greater body of work that I’ve done in my lifetime. I like them and enjoyed the experience of painting them to some extent. The qualities of emotion and passion that were captured intrigue me even still and I hope soon to add some more paintings to the series. Since moving to Staten Island, I haven’t had the opportunity to paint and that is driving me to absolute distraction to be honest. There is something about painting regardless of what subject matter or style, that is nourishing to my spirit and without it, I suffer in a strange sort of way. The music I create is the same thing – there is a hurt by not doing it that I cannot explain and making any music has been impossible for me since moving here as well. My keyboards were left in Georgia and there has not been the space to do any painting here either. It is in fact – something I must fix soon or risk losing my last two brain cells of sanity. Maybe people who do not feel driven from within to create every day will not understand how negatively “not doing” it affects me and others who are creatives like me – I even have a really hard time explaining that to people who do not already know it by their own experiences with creativity and the drive to do it. Creativity, innovating, inventing, resourcing, painting, composing music, writing, – all of it represents something from within that must interact with and express something of – the world around me as it does in everyone I can think of who are also creatives.
Hopefully some of these ocean waves paintings being added to products in the marketplace will add to the overall assets available that convey the ocean for a number of purposes – including to raise money to help our oceans. I keep trying to get the images and products to the attention of those organizations that might use them to raise money for their own efforts to save our seas, to research our oceans and to educate people about the value of our oceans’ health and well-being. Perhaps some day these ocean paintings will help to do that too.
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A perfect play on words – for a tshirt in the land of ex-s and in-laws and crap at work and time for a vacation as well –
The second version has this on the back –
I need it to go from the Bitch is Calling to the Beach is Calling . . .
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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 –
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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 . . .