How to paint sea and coast oil paintings

Posted On November 27, 2014 by

The color of the sea, it is simply the color of the immense vault of heaven. This is a fundamental parameter to keep in mind in its realization.

When the sky is blue, the sea should be blue, and if the sky clouds over turning gray, the sea is, in turn, gray. The sea gives us also the effects of aerial perspective, that of the atmosphere interposed between us and the horizon: its color becomes light (a light off), and it pales in moving away from the observer, until they merge with the sky in the line of horizon. The contrast of the waves and their effects (foam, lights and shadows of the masses agitated), is more pronounced in the first storey; the foreground appears sharp and vivid color, while the sea on the horizon very vague and fuzzy.

The resolution of the problem of the shape of the waves, the motion of the sea, the rich tones of white foam spilling on the rocks and on the shoreline, mainly depends on accumulated during the many achievements of marine and seascapes. The movement of water in all its forms, is perceived by us and immediately forgotten. It is to capture the moments, the moments fleeting, and to do this you need talent and experience. In painting a choppy sea, we have to force our imagination, our reason and our memory. It is really impossible to reproduce live the effects of waves, because we would not have the time to carry them out, as is the case with the camera.

Of course, the model that we have before us serves as a general example and we must be careful to remember the effects to be played. Given that the sea is a model in perpetual motion, its waves, the turbulence created by them in the slam against the rocks, the rise of the foam in a myriad iridescent spray, are things which are seen, they dissolve, then reviewing every time ... in ever more unthinkable. But fortunately, in their generality, these masses of color are repeated. Must therefore observe carefully, and remember to bring those moments on the canvas and then only with the help of memory, however, having always alive and dynamic model in front of us. It is not easy, but, with a little 'practice and a few tricks you can ...

The color of the sea, it is usually blue or green, but in close-ups, with that island (the Grenouillere Monet in the figure above), for example, presents a myriad of unique shades and colors, from dark blue absolute , to light green, with red highlights, some white reflection of the clothes. This is because the water is in constant motion; so it is well observed along the zone in which the water undulates gently and analyze with great decision, regardless of the movement, the exact chromatic ranges contained in this glitter, which generally is not blue, but the color shift, reflection at that time . Duty, because the sweet wave can take infinite positions then reflect a piece of heaven, a piece of clothing, a piece of tree, a piece of the boat and so on. To do this it requires a lot of practice and knowledge of the behavior of colors laid in the various processes of drying time.

In other words, one must also know how to behave when a color is laid on another layer of fresh color. I do not want to dwell on things that you need to acquire only with long periods. A trick may be to give a shade of the bottom of the sea, let it dry and work in layers, thus avoiding to mix colors on the canvas. The colors mixed on the canvas contrast and remove depleting hues. It is not allowed to mix colors on the canvas. Once it is best to leave them hanging to dry. However, sometimes, the plans distant future on the horizon, this technique is used with excellent results.

Do not start painting the reflections on the white canvas. You need to paint the bottom of what will be full of the sea, that you'll have to give him the overall hue (depending on model or your taste) and the aerial perspective (color sharper in the first and second floors, fuzzy grayish color, dull gradually towards the horizon). Do not put any color on the color fresh, but wait until you get to the bottom of a certain state of drying or it dries completely. There are areas that you work better with a bottom until completely dry.

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