Sea…. sensations

acrylic palette knife painting in blue, ocean seascape abstract, wild seas art,

The Sea.  She keeps replaying in my mind. On a loop.

The Sea sensations.  The textures, the sounds, the feel, the colors.  The mood.

I guess, its a thing.  I’m artistically enamoured, if you will.

It began with a little mini holiday. To the Sea.


acrylic palette knife painting in blue, ocean seascape abstract, wild seas art,
The Sea, in her power



Sea Foam in cobalt teal, photo Esperance W.A.
Sea Foam


My camera and the 1000 shots of the Indian Ocean, simply were not enough.

Its driving me, compelling me to ‘Do More.’

To jump in and …. swim.

I need to to a series.  A Sea collection.




A Sea Collection

Time. constraints


If I had a bit more time, I’d get out my oils. My knife. That monster roll of linen canvas. Right Now.


Then  get every blue I possess.

Indigo, indanthrone, prussian, ultramarine, cobalt teal, cobalt, turquoise, phalo blue, cerulean.

Plus. My specially hoarded,  my reserved,  r e a l   Manganese Blue.

You know the one, its no longer made. Off the shelf.  Unavailable.

But I have some saved, for Special projects.



And once all my tools were in place –  then I’d let my hands just go.

Just let go.



And feel the sensations of the knife gliding smoothly, across the primed canvas.

Infusing it with the colors of the Sea, the sensations of the Sea.


Echoing the whirling maelstrom of currents that is the sea.

I would dance with the colors, with the waves, with the  palette knife.


Using the tools I have. My hands. My heart.

The canvas would be mine.

But the sea….  remains her own.


Ocean, oil painting, cobalt teal blue pg50, cobalt blue pb28, indanthrone pb60,
surrender to the sea



The State of Humility and Gratitude

That is what I love about the Sea.  Her raw uncharted power that is simply unchainable.


The supremacy of the Sea.

Is absolute.


It opens my eyes to the reality, the true significance of man as we look fully into the vastness of Nature and her power.

Humbling.    It fills me with awe. Gratitude.  With due respect.



indigo blue landscape in oils, semi abstract coastal painting in blues, ultramarine, cerulean blues, painting in blues, master color,
Indigo Shores, oil semi abstract Landscape



The Evocative Sea

The things she brings out in us, the things she promises to set free.

That is one of her temptations.


And The Sea is such a temptress with her sensations.

With her soft welcoming calm bays glittering in turquoise and emerald as the morning sun rises.


She invites with a casual air, come out and play, leave your tasks for another day.

Her sea greens flash and wink;  the silk of her sea foam glides upon the sand with tantalising ease.


fun day at the beach, photography at the beach, sea foam,
Sea Salt, Sand and Surf




Can I resist the Sea siren and her invitations?

Invitations to Sea….




painting water easy techniques,
Acrylic Shores



Most of these images in the Sea collection, have been compiled from my art media library.

I chose these individuals as those best suiting the Sea Sensation vibe of this post.

Some of you, may have seen a few of these paintings and photographs on a prior occasion. But I think this ‘collection’ format changes it up just enough to provide a fresh energised feel and look for you too.

Enjoy the Sea!


seascape abstract in oils, cobalt teal blue, ultramarine blue, painting the sea,
Sun’s Light



surf painting in acrylics,



rushing sea foam, incoming wave of frosted mint green, ocean beach photography,
Like frosted mint




evening sea tides, dusk on the sea, photo,
Evening Sea Tides








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The act of creation, in any media is a fascinating and magical process. I simply love to create. Expressing in color, line, tone, texture - as if, they were words upon a page. Creating a uniquely me, interpretation. Enjoy More of my "one-of-a-kind" expressive art at and,

32 thoughts on “Sea…. sensations

    1. thanks!! the last photo came up poorly on WP, waaah. I should have left it un resized. but the roiling, churning, currents were awesome. For Texture… I just used a knife on damp HP paper. and even ‘drizzled’ streams of thicker paint, onto and over the areas I selected. thats it. in watercolors. it is a hit and miss, russian roulette approach. alot, don’t work out. but, darn. they are Fun!!! 🙂

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  1. The colours are all my favourites – the blues and greens – and you’ve used them well. The ocean is so important. It gives and supports life, and you, in turn, make “it” come alive on your paintings.

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    1. hi Anneli, thank you so much. I thought you’d like the sea theme. as you are so close to it! the Pac NW is so sea and coastal we all loved going to the shores. and collecting Dungeness crab.. oh my. Yum! LOL

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    1. yes Evelyn! you do! she is so hard to resist, why bother? lol
      and thank you, for your thoughts and comments 🙂 cheers, Debi


    1. its been, ‘eventful’ that is certainly true Holly.
      all these sea photos…. are pretty recent! one was about 2 years ago though. I love sharing my art knowledge and information with beginners out there struggling to get started!
      thanks Holly!

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