I love painting the ocean and seascapes, waves in particular – there is something magical about capturing the power of water. I’d like to say in advance to anyone affected by Hurricane Sandy that I’m sorry to bring up the ocean so soon after this recent storm, it’s just that this scene was next on my easel to be completed.
A fabulous photographer, Li Newton from PMP, shot a wave scene that was one of the most remarkable I’ve seen. Oil pastels offer an array of beautiful colors for painting the ocean, although sea-foam can be a challenge with ops and I usually end up saying I’ll never paint another water scene. But in the end, tenacity wins and I find a way to show the magic of the sea – I’m always glad I didn’t give up.