There’s no question that oil pastels can give even the most seasoned artist a challenge, I say, bring it on. Because the medium never dries value ranges become ever more important in dramatizing a scene. Painting waves gives the kind of challenge I spoke of and if I’m going to tackle a wave, then I look for the most intriguing and different looking ones that I can find.
On December 11, 2013 a blogger Earthstills (located somewhere in South Africa near Capetown) posted a photograph of the most fantastic close-up of a wave that I have seen in a long time. So I asked Earthstills for permission to use his photograph as reference to paint this wave in oil pastels, I was thrilled when he said yes with criteria to give him credit and let him see the painting. The swirl of sea-foam looked like silk or smooth taffy as it was backlit by the sun – simply stated, gorgeous. Thank you Earthstills, your image is priceless . . . you can see his photograph for yourself at http://earthstills.wordpress.com/2013/12/11/sea-fever/#comment-2076
Sea-Foam Swirl, (oil pastel, 8×10) was the challenge of all time, I loved it! The wave was backlit and had thrashed about leaving swirls and holes that Earthstills caught with perfect timing. I turned up the intensity of the overall light allowing me to capture a bit more of the colors in the forefront of the wave. This was a great piece to work on, really loved capturing the kind of exotic movement that Earthstills caught with his lens.
Hope you enjoy . . .