Art inspired by the many faces of the ocean – vibrant tropical coral reefs, tide pools, windswept sea surface and sailing- these images convey just a few of the many moods that the sea has to offer.
The Ocean, in all its diversity provides me a rich and unlimited source of creative inspiration. In yesterday’s post, Jan. 10, 2015 I provided snippets on how the coastal waters of Esperance area has inspired me with its stunning beauty.
image 1 Radiance: a wet in wet beginning, using watercolours finishing with stronger more saturated warmer colours for depth. Colours used: viridian, french ultramarine, winson lemon, cobalt violet, manganese, permanent rose
image 2 Cobalt Teal: watercolour based with mixed media on hot press paper with flashes of quinacridone sienna in the foreground for warmth. Colours – cobalt teal, gold, buff, white, quinacridone sienna
image 3 Sailing: acrylic on canvas using a palette and fingers to create all elements, strong tonal contrast lower left quadrant provides the focal point area – this is a rough textural image balanced by the calm azure of the sea. Colours used: White, ultramarine, cobalt teal.
image 4 Windswept Ocean Patterns: acrylics using the ‘pouring’ method with a strong underlying loose wet white foundation upon which the peach and blue can slide about to create their patterns. Colours used White! tiny bit of mixed winsor lemon/permanent rose and phalo blue dilute.
image 5 Turquoise Encaustic: underlying acrylics in greens (phalo green, viridian) cobalt, ultramarine blue, followed by wax for ‘sculpting’, last is an application of white oil in glazes
image 6 Into the Viridian Sea: pure watercolour. Harnessing the unique pigment characteristics of Granulating paints to create a sensational dimpled textured effect into the 100% cotton paper. 3 colours used were viridian, prussian and lunar black.