Stormy Emerald Sea

Here are a few images of my painting process and time-lapsed videos of my new wave painting entitled “Stormy Emerald Sea”. It measures 100 cm wide and 50 cm high and has a depth of 4cm or 39.5 inches wide x 19.5 inches high x 1.5 inches deep.

Stage One…Blocking out the main colours and light and dark areas.
“Stormy Emerald Sea” oil painting on canvas measuring 100 x 50 cm £350. Shows a large wave cresting in the middle of the canvas with the light coming through the wave turning the deep blue ocean emerald green at the centre of the wave.
Stage Two …. adding texture and highlights to define key shapes and wave forms
Stage 3 …. adding glazes to deepen the colours and enrich the surface. Knocking back the highlight at the front of the main wave
"Emerald Ocean Wave" oil painting on canvas measuring 100 x 50 cm £350. Shows a large wave cresting in the middle of the canvas with the light coming through the wave turning the deep blue ocean emerald green at the centre of the wave.
Stage 4 …. glazing with viridian green and cobalt blue oil paint mixed with liquin. Adding more detail to the surface water and the cresting wave. Think I have gone too far on the main wave cresting. Will knock this back when the canvas has dried some. Need to adjust the highlights on the water as they are getting too much and distracting from the main focus of the painting the emerald wave.
Stormy Emerald Sea oil on canvas painting measuring 50 x 100cm £350. Shows a dark green and blue rough sea with a large emerald wave cresting in the centre.
Stage 5…. I have refined the highlights and finished glazing the darker areas. The painting is now complete.

This painting is now available on this website, where you will find more details and close up photos of the finished painting a click here

Here is a link to a time-lapsed video showing my painting process click here

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

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.

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