Resolving a troublesome wave painting.

I decided to look at this existing seascape again and change some aspects of it.

Large Wave Breaking Reworked

This painting has undergone several changes overtime. The earliest photo of it is here. Sometimes I find it really helpful to go back in time to see where the painting was working before I became unhappy with it. I had forgotten the sky had been this light grey until looking over old photos.

wave breaking alternative

On the same day as the image above I had reworked the wave, but had put too much black on the underside of the wave.

wave breaking alternative image

The following day I had reworked the crest of the wave to a more pleasing shape and colour. Unfortunately I had decided for some reason to change the sky, which I can now see had already been working.

wave breaking alternative

I changed the colour of the sky again to a strange blue.

Then I applied a glaze of light turquoise. This covered up too much of the under-painting and made the painting milky. By adding too many white highlights, I lost some of the definition on the surf

"wave breaking" oil on canvas 100 x 70cm £395

So recently I put the painting back on the easle. Then with a lot of turpentine, white spirit and elbow grease I scrubbed back the turquoise glaze to reveal the under-painting. Returned the sky to a light grey giving the focus of the painting back to the light coming though the wave. Also gave more definition to the shadows and the tunnel.

"wave breaking" oil on canvas 100 x 70cm £395

I think I’ve learned through this that it is vital to recognise what is working in a painting at its earliest stages. Hold onto those elements and don’t over glaze for the sake of it.

"wave breaking" giclee print
“Wave breaking” Oil on canvas: 100 x 70cm

10 Ways to find local artists work you enjoy

As a community, it is important to support local artists because, without local support, the art they make would stop and the impact it could have made would disappear. If you support a local artist, you are in turn supporting all of our respective creative freedoms.

Once artists are able to express themselves creatively and freely, beautiful art is made that can be admired by the community and beyond. These art pieces not only reflect the artists’ ideas, but also their hidden messages behind each work of art.

Sources to find local artists

  • Search Google for (insert your towns name) local artists
  • Instagram will list artists nearby if you type in your local town
  • Search Facebook. Artists will often promote themselves by creating a Facebook fan page. Here’s mine. https://www.facebook.com/wavepainting/?ref=settings
  • Google my business lists local artists
  • Yell lists local artists
  • Local artist list some local artist in your area http://www.localartist.org.uk
  • My Art Brief where you can commission an artist to paint a work for you with the dimensions and colours of your choice https://www.myartbrief.com/
  • Visit local galleries. They usually promote local artists
  • Look in your local paper. They will often feature local artists showing work in a nearby venue
  • In Devon, where I am based, you have the devonartistnetwork an organisation specializing in local devon artists with an open studio event every September https://www.devonartistnetwork.co.uk/

Multimedia Art Show is up and running.

Here is a glimpse of my work at the show.

The exhibition consists of 11 different artist showcasing a wide range of work. From paintings, prints, digital media and installation. Recent graduates from the Plymouth College of Arts, a graduate from Plymouth University, students from UWE Bristol and self taught artist from Exeter are all on display for one week only at TAAG, Northumberland Place, Teignmouth. Teignmouth based TAAG prides itself on showing a wide range of local artist and this exhibition is no exception.

Editorial in the Teignmouth Post

Multimedia Art Show

Multimedia Art Show at TAAG in Teignmouth 9th March - 15th March 2019 open daily 10am - 5pm
Multimedia Art Show including seascape painter Catherine Kennedy BA Hons, landscape painters Paddy Tuohy and Paul Littlejohns, animal painter Jenni Watters, ceramicist Gail Trezise, illustrator Rory Kennedy BA Hons and Emma Pritchard BA Hons, printmaker Danni Thurely BA Hons, painter and printmaker Becky Elia BA Hons and Marcus Nodwell BA Hons and animator Ross Kennedy.

“Multimedia Art Show” featuring 2018 graduates alongside well established artist at TAAG, Teignmouth, Devon. The young and not so young showcase their latest work. Starts 9th until 15th March 2019. Open 10am – 5pm Daily. Preview Evening Saturday 9th 6.30pm – 9pm.

A diverse exhibition of seascape, landscape and figurative paintings, prints, ceramics, digital art and video by Devon based artists and recent graduates of the Plymouth College of Arts. This eclectic mix artists makes for an unusual and varied exhibition.

Teignmouth based TAAG prides itself on showing a wide range of local artist and this exhibition is no exception. Exhibiting new work from this year’s illustration and printmaking graduates of the Plymouth College of Arts, animation from Bristol University student as well as a more established Fine Art graduate from the University of Plymouth and landscape, seascape and figurative painters from Teignbridge and East Devon. All welcome. Free entry. Lots to see and original artwork available to buy.

Turquoise Seascape painting 5 stage process

I am working on a new turquoise seascape and I thought it might be interesting to show the various stages of this oil painting. I like the beach feeling of this image and the way it reminds me of Mediterranean holidays taken in the past.

turquoise seascape oil on canvas
Stage 1

I am blocking out the main colours and trying to resolve the composition. Also keeping in mind the tonal qualities. I have struggled with tonal qualities in the past, either making the contrast too much or not enough to create the 3D quality needed.

Turquoise seascape beach scene
Stage 2

Looking to add layers of paint to enhance the quality of colour and define the tones. Glazing using Liquin and oil paint. Still trying to keep the tonal qualities right, whilst defining the waves and surf more.

Turquoise seascape beach scene Stage 3
Stage 3

Adding more glazes to further enhance the depth of colour and the contrasting tones. The sea has become darker and changed in colour with more surface definition.

Turquoise Seascape beach scene stage 4
Stage 4

The top of the second wave has been reduced. This gives more depth to the painting. It also leads the eye through to the background. More glaze have been applied. In order to deepen the shadows. Highlights have been added to the surf. The painting needs to dry further before applying the final finishes.

Oil painting of a turquoise seascape with waves crashing onto a sandy beach
Stage 5

This is the final stage of the painting. I have deepened the shadows and given more bulk to the surf and the highlights. I have also added more definition to the background. The painting is finished and available to buy at £395 with free postage in the U.K. It measures 70 x 100cm is signed and comes with a certificate of authenticity. Please follow the link for more details. https://catherinekennedy.co.uk/product/turquoise-seascape/

The canvas I have used measures 100 x 70 cm. Liquin which is a quick-drying medium for oil and alkyd paint. Various oil paints including yellow ochre, naples yellow, zinc and titanium white, phthalo blue and green, french ultra marine, viridian green, coeruleum, burnt umber, burnt sienna and paynes grey.

For more examples of my seascape paintings please click here https://catherinekennedy.co.uk/product-category/oil-paintings/

Sea storm the 5 stages of a new painting

 

Stage 1.

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.

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.

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.
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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Stage 5oil on canvas of a blue wave in a stormy sea

The 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.

These 5 stages are not cast in stone and I may mix them up or return to stage 2 or 3 even after stage 4. It just depends on how successful or not the final piece is.

New wave painting from start to finish

abstract blue wave canvas print
Abstract Blue Wave painting available as a giclee print in 3 sizes
Stage one. Thick paint is applied leaving the palette knife marks visible. This is an abstract wave painting so the definition is left loose. Available as a giclee print in 3 sizes from this website.
New wave painting oil on canvas measuring 80 x 80 cm or 31.5 x 31.5 inches. Stage 2
Stage 2 of the new wave painting lines are smoothed out

Having decided to take photos from start to finish of my new wave painting. The first image is stage 1 and the other is the second stage. At this point I find it helpful to look at the progress of the work and decide where I can make alterations. Some of the parts of the canvas to me looked better in stage 1 than they do now. This can alter the way I proceed to stage 3.

I find even if you preferred the way the painting started initially to now you have to keep going. At times it can be frustrating but hopefully the painting will resolve itself.  It is important to take photos throughout as this helps you see your progress from a different perspective. Photos can highlight areas obviously in need of more thought.

“Into the blue” a work in progress

Large Oil on canvas painting "into the blue"

“Into the blue”

Just started on a new work today with a preliminary title of  “Into the blue”.

I have been looking at the work of Maggi Hambling and her attitude to the sea with its ‘walls of water’. Her use of oil paints and the free reign it gives her is really inspiring. She says “oil paint has a great life force of its own”.

The range of blues and turquoise from photographs of giant waves in the South Pacific has also inspired me.

However a winter sea with its pale green, white and grey can be equally interesting to try and capture.

One of the reasons that I keep returning to the subject of giant waves and their power might have to do with the fact that I was knocked over by a large wave as a young child and hurled into the sand with some force. I clearly remember the mouthful of sand which resulted.

I will add to this post as I progress.

Worked some more on this today. Trying to get the crest right.

“Into the blue, aqua version” Oil on canvas

 

framed oil on canvas 21 x 31 inches
Finished this painting and it is now available for sale “Into the blue II, turquoise version” Framed oil on canvas 21 x 31 inches  price £330 Please click here for details

Why I return to and rework some of my paintings

"Wave breaking" by Catherine Kennedy Original oil on canvas painting measuring: 70 x 100 cm or 27.5 x 39 inches. Large turquoise wave cresting

Rework a painting

Sometimes I find after working on a painting for a period of time I just can’t see it properly anymore. I have to leave it and walk away and return to it and rework a painting after a week or even months. It might appear to be finished or unresolved at the time. However when revisiting it I can see the painting with clearer vision. This process of time can change the way I look at a painting. I might be pleased with it when I initially finished it, but on reflection it just doesn’t seem right. So more work needs to be done in order for me to be satisfied with the final outcome.

Below are 4 photographs of a painting I was reworking. Taking photos gives me another viewpoint and can help with colours or see unresolved parts of the painting that just don’t seem clear to me in real life. I have now finished this painting and the large view is the completed painting. It took sometime to get there, but it’s all about keeping going until you are satisfied you have resolved most the issues. Finally it is knowing when to stop.

Before and after reworking

Large oil painting of a blue wave breaking, why I rework a painting
“Wave breaking”

large oil painting of a blue wave, why I rework a painting
“Wave breaking”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

oil painting by Catherine Kennedy of a large blue wave breaking with a blue sky
Nearly finished. Final adjustments

waveart, wave painting, large oil painting of a wave
“Wave Breaking” Oil on canvas 70 x 100 cm or 27.5 x 39.5 inches.  This is now finished and available for sale. Please follow this link for more details “Wave Breaking”