Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Untitled water



The ocean has been in a gentle mood when I've gone to visit her lately.   Waves roll in but they're not aggressive or menacing, but have a calm feel to them and are almost sculptural at times when I catch them in a freeze frame.  The name for this piece hasn't come to me yet and suggestions are always welcome.

I liked the shapes and colours in this wave and the foam in the foreground.  This is its first stages of blocking in shapes and colours.  This is a 12 x 24" canvas panel and I'm using oils.  I switch back and forth between acrylics and oils when one or the other frustrates me.

Finding the right values to capture the light through the water is always a challenge at first, then seems to just happen as the painting progresses.  A couple of newish colours that I've added to my arsenal of oils cover several brands:  Old Holland Carribean Blue; Richeson Oils The Shiva Series,  Ice Blue and Classico King's Blue Light.  You just never know where a new favourite pops up when it comes to creating water.  I'm not looking for a perfect match out of a single tube, but just the right colour of blue, green or turquoise that help move it in the right direction when mixed with other colours.

8 comments:

"JeanneG" said...

It's looking pretty and peaceful.

Christiane Kingsley said...

Great start and you are capturing that gentle and calm mood.

Lisa Le Quelenec said...

Silky cool, this is going to be a beauty. I love it already!

Jeanette said...

Thanks Jeanne, its moving in the right direction I think.

Christiane, I love the ocean when it shows a calmer side and the waves then hold such light and form.

Lots of work to do yet Lisa, but I like it so far too.

Sue Pownall said...

How peaceful this scene is.

Trade Your Talent said...

Wow, this is really beautiful! Sue is right, peaceful is the correct word for it!

jane minter said...

very peaceful jeanette .. womderful piscean fishes below .

Jeanette said...

Sometimes the ocean can be very peaceful, can't it? I'm glad that comes across in this painting. Thanks Sue and Trade Your Talents for your kind words.

Jane, its funny as I drew the fish in the post below long before fish became such a strong artistic influence for me. It must have been in the stars.. :)