Watching bulky waves rolling into shore, is a perfect pastime for me.  These types of waves are fascinating, mesmerizing gifts that the ocean gives to passerby’s every day.  Then when the sun hits these gorgeous thick waves just right a kaleidoscope display of beautiful colors and shadows appear – a showcase made-up of interesting forms, lines and sea-foam spray.  I could sit and watch the action all day long.

Finally I was able to paint this type of wave in oil pastels (8×10) using an underpainting of soft pastels complete with an alcohol wash.  It was a joy painting this scene – hope you enjoy!

RollingOil Pastel, 8x10

Oil Pastel, 8×10

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23 Responses to Rolling

  1. poppytump says:

    I think you and I have been looking at the same waves Mary 😉
    But oh my – how you have captured the essence of it, is well … Incredible !

    • Mary says:

      Hi Poppy, thank you so much. Oil pastel is a great medium for painting waves and this was a lot of fun to play with lots of colors and layers.

  2. Petronette says:

    Beautiful painting.
    Great colors in the wave.

    • Mary says:

      Hi Petronette, thank you so much for your comments. The wave was fascinating to watch form through the layers of oil pastels – was great fun!

  3. Beautiful work, Mary – I love the colours in this – it’s so complex and rich! It has power and intensity and movement and life! Brilliant.

    • Mary says:

      Oh Dawn, thank you so much for your wonderful comments on Rolling – wow! There is nothing like the power of solid, strong waves – we have no chance to tame them. I really enjoy the experience of painting them up close – thank you!!

  4. I can feel the current pulling these glorious waves Mary! Your color is sensational!

    • Mary says:

      Oh Elena what a wonderful comment – so glad that you felt the pull of the sea. I filled the tooth totally up with the oil pastels this time, no room left for anymore color. Thank you so much!!

  5. I can see it now. A fancy art gallery on Fifth Avenue in New York with all your ocean and beach scenes filling the walls. This is beautiful and such movement and energy is shown.

  6. Healthy A-Z says:

    Wow, the translucency of the water on the shore is amazing! Love this!

    • Mary says:

      Hi Cyndi, thank you – wow so glad you noticed! The translucency was getting away from me and was able to save it enough before I lost all the tooth to the surface.

  7. exiledprospero says:

    Yes, it’s amazing that Poseidon continuously gargles with salt water…

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Ariel’s Prospero – so right! It’s one thing that remains constant for us – thank goodness for that big fickle Poseidon!

  8. I could get lost in this painting. Wonderful!!!

  9. L`Adelaide says:

    have no idea how you do it! beautiful work!

  10. prewitt1970 says:

    Such an amazing job!!

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much Benjamin, much appreciated! It was so much fun, just getting into the scene. I may try this again using Gouache as the underpainting, will have to see. Thanks!! Mary

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