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How To Draw & Paint: Ocean & Seascapes

"The ocean stirs the heart, inspires the imagination and brings eternal joy to the soul."

Images excerpted from How to Draw & Paint: Oceans & Seascapes

I love living by the ocean. There is something about it that is peaceful and inspiring, and I hope I always get to live near it. I've taken many pictures in an attempt to capture the beauty and the energy that the ocean emits. I've also tried many times to render a seascape, which is a little tricky if you don't have some artist tips and tricks.

In Oil & Acrylic: Oceans & Seascapes, Martin Clarke shows us how to tackle some of the difficult parts of creating a seascape, such as how to paint realistic sand, how to render waves, and how to change the mood with color.

The first secret is, you don't have to use just a brush. Artists use all kinds of tools and found objects to make a texture or create a look. By using a toothbrush you can make the tiny spots necessary for sand. And using a sponge can give your wave the foamy-look needed to show the wave just crashed. By using a combination of colors at the same time you can add depth to both of these techniques.


Images excerpted from How to Draw & Paint: Oceans & Seascapes

I have always had a hard time differentiating the blue of the sky with the blue of the sea. But by using a light blue that is darker at the highest point in the sky and gets lighter as it meets the horizon I've found success.

The author changes the mood of a sunny day to a gloomy overcast day by adding gray and green to his ocean and sweeping ominous clouds throughout the sky.

What ocean have you visited that you'd like to paint?

Kristen Rock

Kristen is an artist living in Norfolk, VA.  She is happiest with a cup of coffee in one hand and a paintbrush in the other. A sucker for a sweet sunrise and an unexpected adventure, Kristen's latest inspirations include mermaids, dream catchers, and all things nautical. 

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