Finished Painting, Rising Tide

This is a small, 12″x12″ painting I have been working on sort of in between working on my slightly larger paintings for the last week or 2. Unfortunately I forgot to take in progress photos during most sessions working on it, and only have 1 in progress picture. As with all my posts of finished paintings, I’ve made all the images in the post clickable, so you can see them up closer.

To start, here is the finished painting. Continue reading to see some of the process, and at the end of the post will be some close up photos.

Now a brief look at the process. The painting started on a canvas toned with a mix of ultramarine blue and permanent rose, which made a great rich purple color, which only shows through slightly in the sky. The water was started by applying a series of glazes. I added the color Pthalo Green to my palette, which is a transparent green pigment, so that I could give apply some greenish glazes to the water.

This is what the painting looked like after building up the some of the glazes. After this, I began to add the white sea foam to the painting, in several layers, starting with more transparent paint and finishing with the most opaque and brightest areas.

In the end, I wound up adding a lot more opaque areas: to highlight the rocks, to add shadows in the water, and obviously on the foam. A lot of the glazes wound up being covered up, and some of the glaze areas became a little too dense. In the final stage I did a little blending with my fingers as well.

Now for a few close up pictures

I hope you enjoyed seeing this small painting. Even though it is compositionally very simple, it still took me a long time to get all the swirling sea foam to look right. I have 2 other paintings that are getting close to being finished, and a have started a new one too, so hopefully I can make another post about those paintings soon. Thanks for reading.

4 thoughts on “Finished Painting, Rising Tide

    1. Thanks. I find that every painting is a struggle. It doesn’t seem to get much easier, but I think treating each painting as a unique challenge, rather than approaching each one the same, is what keeps them interesting to make, and to view. As much as I try to calculate all the steps ahead of time, ultimately its the painting that decides how it is painted.

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      1. This is so true. I have about 52 paintings of flowers. Some I spent quite a long time on. The best ones are hanging at my church. Others I took as lessons to learn. I have hung the one my dad helped me with. It was a lesson on water, and rocks. Painting is never easy. I have had some courses in art, but not enough. I believe painting is by faith anyway. You pick up the paint brush, and figure you will work until you have a likeness. How long you work matters. You have to quit when it is still not “finished,” but to you it is.


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