Time was a definite factor in this Impressionist Seascape in Acrylics.

Yesterday’s post, Sea Sensations inspired me and I really couldn’t forego art altogether. I decided regardless of time issues,  I would paint Something!

I didn’t get my oils out,  nor that massive roll of  lovely linen canvas.

However, I did take a quick 10 minutes to paint up a storm. So to speak.

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Blue Skies and Sea

 

The Painting

We don’t always have 2 hours or half the day to play around with our paints. Don’t let that. Stop us!

 

I’ve learned to take the minutes….. and make each of them count.

 

Disregard all thoughts of the final outcome.  What I produce,  is in fact, immaterial.

To Paint  – is the relevant thing.

So I did.

 

 

Materials:

Acrylic paints:  lots of white,  ultramarine blue, cerulean, a tiny dash of naples yellow.

 

The canvas was a medium small one I’d already textured with a lot of gesso.   It had had an old painting on it, that I’d covered up.

That’s a great thing with acrylics on sturdy canvas. The previous “oops” is a bonus texture for the upcoming next painting. That, is just so handy!

 

The size is  5×7″   which makes it very easy to do in 10 minutes.

Thats what I needed.

Easy…… And Quick.

 

I used a combination of palette knife, brush and my fingers (to smooth areas out.)

 

 

References and ‘Helpers’

Before I started, I had a quick look at my Molding Paste sample here.

It gave me hints and suggestions of  color and tone that I might use in my painting.

 

I wasn’t going to look at any of my sea photos at all, just rely on my ‘sea shore memories’  to provide me with what I needed.

Obviously, my final image looks nothing like the molding paste sample, but I was influenced by its textural, sculptural qualities.

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Molding Paste textural effects, debiriley.com

 

 

The Blue Wild Sky

The wildness of the sky brings the emphasis towards it and away from the sea.

I didn’t intentionally do this.  Thats  simply the direction the painting wanted to go in.

I allowed it to do so.

 

 

I was on the clock.

No time to fight, argue, or stress with it!  I went with the flow to get her done.

 

 

 

Final Thoughts

It may not be the most sensational piece I’ve done in my life; its an alright image.

 

However….

I like to remind myself of something.

 

As creative Artists we don’t paint  to create Masterpieces.

We paint to express…

To communicate.  To let go.

 

 

In that, I am content.

That, is  my ‘happiness.’

 

 

 

 

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