This new lesson in How to Loosen Up Your Painting covers one of my favorite subjects. Painting seawater is a challenge and a lot of fun. Firstly it is about the sensory pleasure of being at the sea. The sounds, smells and constantly moving water that engages the senses. Then the challenge of capturing that experience on canvas. Sounds harder than it is. So I have decided to add a lesson on this topic so that you can have a go as well.
In a three part lesson I will start off with laying out the basic shapes. Big and bold. Then the underlayer of paint. Just like water has distinct layers from the seabed, the underwater rocks and then the top layer catching the sun's reflections. By working with these layers in mind we can create a sense of transparency and depth.
Then I have to make a few changes in composition to help achieve more movement in the painting. See how to make adjustments as you go. Finally completing the painting with thicker paint to end off with a light filled and loose impression.
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Malcolm Dewey: Artist. Country: South Africa