The Sea and its aqua tinted beaches, is a place of inspiration for most of us. And whether we are physically there or not, we can enjoy the sense of ‘being’ there.
We can go beyond the limitations of having to actually be somewhere to reap the benefits.
From the beaches south, down near Albany, Western Australia.
The sea colors are magical.
The red orange terracotta boulders give it warmth and life.
The buff titanium sands shimmer in the sunlight.
I adore this place, this photo.
I ‘feel’ it, every time. I’m re-Inspired by its memory every time I look at it.
What’s not to love?… and how could it not be etched into my memory?
I was there for awhile. Taking it all in. Taking hundreds of snippets and snapshots.
So even if, I lost the photos, even if I no longer had tangible references to look at my mind … remembers.
All the feelings.
The colors. The wind. The textures. The sand shimmering and the sun sparking on the water.
Watercolors of the Sea
It is all those things, that is what I most need in order to convey the feeling of the Sea to Watercolors.
Thats all I need, to communicate the message I felt while walking along the shores and climbing the dunes and rocks.
Its about…. feeling.
Not documenting or recording detail.
Its about the Heart of the place for me.
Not dotting the i nor crossing the t.
We can travel in our minds, or perhaps through past memories of the location.
We can travel using our wonderful imaginations and yes, we’re still getting the benefits of the journey.
Of being inspired.
Its true too, I believe that as we watch the news, television, or read travel magazines, look at Pinterest travel shots, and of course Google …. we can become enthused.
Eager and keen to create, to communicate that feeling of joy or relaxation we may have felt as we looked at a place.
I’ve mentioned before, I’m a firm believer in painting plein air.
Nothing can convey the spirit, the essence of that place and your joy, like this approach.
However, not all of us, are able to hike up into the high Rockies. I certainly am not able.
Nor drive to the eastern seaboard to paint along the stunning autumn colored shores of Maine.
Let alone fly to Australia to paint the colors of the The Indian Ocean, or the Great Barrier Reef.
We do have finite resources and limitations at times.
I think if, I fell in love with a location I could never go to but was compelled to paint – I’d research it.
I’d study up and learn all I could about the location and its history, culture, people.
In this way, there would be some, sense of connection that transferred over into the painting as I worked.
Wild and so unruly.
The Sea Foam photograph below the watercolor, proves to be a great inspirational resource.
Something to refer to.
To look at the warm rocks, and the white foam as it swirls in intriguing patterns.
To note the deep dark patch of blue, then see how it fades into paler softer blues.
To figure out ways, we might choose to do some of those things in watercolor…. in a creatively similar fashion.
As artists what we do is important.
We travel and journey.
We communicate to others the wonderment of what we felt as we paused and ‘saw.’
It is a fascinating way to create.
The artist reveals his soul in his art, in this fashion.
To interpret the scene in its complexities of feeling, emotive qualities.
This is something we all too often, forget to do in our bid to ensure the details are just right.
Remember…. if we get the feeling right, hardly anyone is going to care about some minor details!
Take your images, your inspirations and memories from the sea … and then, go Beyond!
Fred Williams master
John Olsen a timeless land
Sea and Ocean