It’s been a while since I painted an ocean scene with lots of spray and sea-foam, each time it’s like getting my feet wet all over again (no pun intended – lol)! A challenge in the oil pastel forum of WetCanvas was an ocean and I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to paint the sea.
This oil pastel painting (8×10) has an acrylic underpainting to establish value ranges. I was attracted to the scene because of the wet rocks and edge – they were a lot of fun to work with. Not having painted sea-foam in a while, it took some getting used too. This type of subject can present challenges with oil pastels because you don’t get very many tries to lay down the OPs before the grit of the surfaces fills up (with oils or acrylics you can let the painting dry and then lay in the sea-foam, making for a cleaner look). In this case my painters knife and clay shapers came in handy and I was able to form some markings in the sea-foam to work with. I might still adjust a bit after the painting rests for a couple of days.
I have three other paintings I’m working on with the goal of finishing this week, at least I hope I can!