Motion of the Ocean, Part 2

Since I talked about most of what I wanted to talk about in the post just before this one, I’m mostly just going to show the paintings here and talk briefly about the waves movement in each.

Where we left off last time, the wave was just beginning to swell up. Here it continues to swell up, and move closer as well.

Now the wave begins to break over, and a wave in the background has swelled up as well.

The wave now takes up almost all of the foreground space. That is, there’s almost no flat (or mostly flat) water between the rocks and the wave. The wave barrels over itself. The part of the wave breaking over itself takes on a more greenish hue. I think there’s two reasons for this. First is that the water is thinner here, and as such more light passes through it, so the color is lighter. A lot of sand gets tossed up by a wave approaching shore as well, so I think all the grains of sand inside the water affect its color. I have always assumed its somewhat like mixing yellow and blue paint to make green, except its yellowish sand grains and blue water mixing in our eye. Whether this is accurate I’m not positive, but its how I’ve always explained the greenish color to waves and it seems to be plausible. Also notice that the more vertical parts of the wave are receiving less light than the top, and that the wave casts a shadow over the foreground.

Now the wave has just crashed over. We see mostly the top of the wave, and it receives more light. The wave from the background has moved forward and seems close to colliding into the foreground wave.

As the wave continues to crash over, it throws up more water and splashes. Here, the foreground is almost entirely occupied by a big splash. The water behind it seems to be sloshing around violently.

Now the splash from the previous scene has come down mostly. The water continues to move forward throw more water and foam up, but the wave is mostly gone now. The water level is significantly higher than it was in the very first painting from the other week. After the wave finishes crashing forward, the water will eventually be drawn back out and the process will start again. Next week I will be finishing the last 5 paintings of this exercise and we’ll be able to see what that will look like.

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