Painting (18) The Wild Atlantic Way

I’ve been wanting to experiment with monochrome painting using ‘black’ made by mixing other colors together. One combination is to use Phthalo blue, burnt umber and cadmium red in fairly equal parts. I expected to get a purplish ‘black’ but ended up with a deep blue-green ‘black’ instead. My plan was to paint “Passchendaele” – the sea of mud, the burned tree stumps and the water filled shell holes. But this color just had ‘ocean’ written all over it. I’ll have to try again for that purplish ‘black’. Meanwhile, here is my stormy sea painting; I’d like to imagine it’s just off the West Coast of Ireland:

49 thoughts on “Painting (18) The Wild Atlantic Way

      1. I rarely surf or dive water that’s cold, so, though I have a wet suit I use for kayaking, I don’t have to surf in it. Now, when kayaking a raging mountain river, that water is colder than a well diggers ass, even in summer. The wet suit, and even my spray skirt, doesn’t keep that cold away. But the rush of adrenaline makes it so you don’t notice until you’re through it and calmly in an eddy. At that point, my feet are nearly numb. I prefer spring to make runs, after rains and snowmelt male releases from reservoirs necessary. But that water is just above freezing that time of year. 😳

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      2. Yikes! Well good thing for adrenaline, then! It does sound like a whole lotta fun though. So totally worth it! That is something I wished I had tried in my younger days. I’m too chicken now!

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  1. This is absolutely beautiful Meg! The white waves have come out superb with the dark background of the sea and the bluish whitish sky. I hope you are considering my earlier suggestion of putting up these for sale on line.

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      1. They’re hard. I did architectural/interior design drawing 3 years ago now. With perspective I was told you get it, or you you don’t. 2-dimensional is not bad if you mark your starting line in the composition at the bottom of your page, and a point on a horizon line, where all lines in your drawing leading to this point, right or left or straight on the page. 3-dimensional is another story. I think for these drawings YouTube videos on perspective and architectural drawing are really helpful. Just draw what they tell you, and it’s sort of a learn as you go process. But, I still have troubles with the 3-dimensions. A ruler and drawing in lines or points at different levels for 2 or 3D helps a great deal, but I would still have to practice forever to get 3D right. Goodluck with more drawings; I look forward to them each week!


      2. Thanks, Mandi! I have watched YouTube for other tutorials; I should try it for drawing, too. I guess learning perspective by drawing one structure would be a good place to start, not jumping right in to an entire skyline! 🙃

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  2. It’s always so difficult to paint (and photo) the sea. I guess it’s the combination of color, depth, light, movement, and then all those senses and sensations that come into play. I love the point at which sea and sky join, the one mirroring the other. This is a painting you can almost ‘hear’ and ‘smell’!!!!

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      1. No problem, Meg. Between heat, humidity, three books on the go, future plans, present worries (that’s me), I quite understand why you are turning to sea-scapes. Go for it! Monkey Temple is there to amuse you today, if you so wish.

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    1. Thank you. There is a trick to mixing the paint in the right amounts to get the right shade of ‘black’ – one I obviously need to figure out! However this color ended up being perfect for the ocean. Happy accident! 😜

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    1. Thank you! I have to use great care and time to get it to come out the way I imagined and sometimes it’s just more fun to play and see how it turns out! When it turns out great? It’s just magical!

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