Sea storm the 4 stages of a new painting

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Stormy Sea stage 1

Stage 1.

“Sea Storm” Setting out the composition of my sea storm painting¬† i.e. the combination of all elements in the artwork, not just visual elements, but also the mood and light.

Stormy seas stage 2

Stage 2.

Refining the composition. I find looking at the image from a distance, at least 20 feet away, really helpful.  It can show things you have missed working close up. Also taking photos of the work can enable you to see things from a different angle and perspective.

Stormy seas stage 3

Stage 3.

Glazing. I use glazes to enrich the surface to the work. I may return to a canvas several weeks after applying an initial glaze to reapply another if needed. Drying can change to the look of a painting dramatically, so its important to give it time to develop.

Stormy seas stage 4
Stage 4.

Highlights. Once the glaze has dried or sometimes whilst it is drying, depending on the effect desired, I like to go back and highlight the crest of waves or the ripples on the ocean. This gives you a good depth of field.he wave highlights have been softened and a blue glaze applied.  The sky has been changed with a warm yellow in the distance to contrast with the cold blues in the foreground.

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