Surging, acrylic painting

There is something so humbling about working with a new medium, it lets you know right where you stand!  For me at the beginning of the learning process ~ especially when painting a wave rushing toward the shoreline after a storm.

Surging, an acrylic painting (6.5 x 10) painted on a hardboard that was prepared with a raw sienna ground to give the overall scene a warm tone.  Three colors were used in this piece ultramarine blue, raw sienna and payne’s gray, and white for toning down.  The two compliments were selected for mixing my own gray to stay with the stormy mood theme.

Over the next several days I’ll be back to studying rocks and waves.  Hope you have a wonderful weekend ~ click onto the image for a larger view.

SurgingMy interpretation of a reference image taken by Andre Van de Sande, an incredible photographer with pmp.


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51 Responses to Surging, acrylic painting

  1. Your waves have wonderful movement, and I love the mixture of colours.

  2. Love the movement of the waters upon the shore…I clicked on the painting to enlarge it and I found your brush strokes so perfect!

  3. jvandervlugt says:

    I can’t recall if I replied earlier, life has been a little chaotic. I have to tell you, I can feel the seaweed. Excellent piece.

    • Mary says:

      Love your response – the “seaweed!” That’s great and awesome that you connected in that way with the piece. Thanks so much Joanna!

      • jvandervlugt says:

        Oh good. When I first looked at this picture, the waves coming into shore, I don’t want to say grey but the earthier (don’t think that’s a word) colours, reminded me of when I was a child and our family would walk along the beach. Where I’ve grown up on Vancouver Island our beaches are rugged, lines of washed up seaweed and driftwood, and I remember the white frothy waves that would wash seaweed onto the shore. You have painted a lovely piece, and that’s what I love about art, the memories a picture can stir up.

        • Mary says:

          And now I’ve really enjoyed your description for your response – no better compliment than to have a painting bring back wonderful childhood memories. Living by Lake Ontario had much of the same thing along the lake front, from the driftwood, to the seaweed, and wavelettes rushing to shore – similar memories of big bodies of water. Thanks so much, I loved reading about your childhood memories – wonderful vivid description.

  4. preeti says:

    Nice post on waves

  5. ladyfi says:

    A wonderful study of the waves.

  6. anna77dennis says:

    Great force in the wave Mary!

  7. Resa says:

    Pretty great, Mary! Hope your weekend’s a blast, too!

  8. Working with a new medium can also be freeing…. the brain and hand are forced to …get out of a ‘habit’ so to speak and -as in this case- the results are amazing! Have a great week ahead, my friend. 🙂

    • Mary says:

      Wonderful advice and beautiful feedback Marina. I can’t agree with you more, especially with the ease of wet paint with the flow of a brush – in a word you are so right, it’s been freeing and I can’t wait to see where this takes my work. Hope a wonderful week ahead!!

  9. Marick says:

    Have you ever tried oils? Do you use a retarder when you use acrylic paints, or just go with the flow as is?

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Pauline. I haven’t tried oil yet, one of these days but not excited about the smell and turps mess. Good question on the retarder – I just purchased though DickBlick and waiting for it to arrive. So far what I’ve painted has been just with the flow of the actual paint and some drips of water.

      • Marick says:

        Water-based oils are just like regular oils now, and believe me, they’ve come a long way. They’re what I use… no need for turps at all with these. You get a few water-based mediums to go with the paints, like a specially formulated oil (they come in many varities, linseed, poppyseed, and so on), as well thinners…
        Cleaning up is also simple… soap and water! The smell isn’t nearly as bad, as you aren’t using the harsh chemicals… but the pigment/oil will create a mild odor, so you’d like to be in a room with an open window, ideally. They’re really quite a pleasure to use!

  10. Angie Mc says:

    I want to go to the ocean! Lovely, Mary. Have a beautiful weekend ❤

  11. I see the eye too but didn’t notice it at first. Mary, anyone visiting your site who does not come away inspired has problems. You are really a wonder. Thanks for sharing your work. Always. You give me hope! :))

  12. exiledprospero says:

    Complementary colors and a tempestuous tumult. Very energetic, Mary.

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Prospero – you are so right, the complements came together really nicely in this piece. The turbulent rolling of the wave was awesome to capture and it was all about capturing the “energy.”

  13. I see an eyeball too. 🙂 The sienna adds nice depth to the greys, blues, whites. Beautiful, Mary. Have a great Labor Day weekend.

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much Geralyn! You see it too?! Oh no, I can’t take it out, lol!! The “eye” of the storm wave – how funny. You are so right about the sienna, giving a nice warmth and depth to the scene. Hope you have a lovely long weekend.

  14. ARTmoses says:

    Your artworks are great. Nice job

  15. I am enjoying watching you work this new medium as much as I believe you are enjoying using it. Fantastic….Janet.

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Janet – the medium has sparked a whole new interest in how I handle subjects with paint brushes and mixing my own colors. A lot of fun!

  16. ĽAdelaide says:

    Mary, I love it! I struggle with acrylics which is probably why I keep working with them… and all the other watermedia. They’re fun AND challenging at the same time, if possible.

    I love payne’s gray, it’s lovely and not at all gray!!

    You too for a happy weekend!

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much Linda. I’m fascinated by these acrylics – I like them and what I find the most enjoyable is that I can paint right on top of areas that aren’t working out. Unlike in oil pastels, where scrapping would be involved and then continue to paint only if tooth remains. Like you said, it’s fun AND challenging. I read recently that payne’s gray is an awesome backdrop to shadows in seascapes and marine scenes, I have to agree totally there is a cool beauty in the color.

  17. Fabio says:

    No matter the medium, Mary, you always surf so well! Congratulations! 🙂

  18. Very nice treatment of that limited palette of complementaries, Mary….and as Jill says, I see an eyeball too! 🙂

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Cynthia. I was loving the soft grays that were developed by the two complements, they worked in illustrating the grayness of a stormy day. Oh that eye ball – how funny, I didn’t see “the eye” until Jill mentioned it.

  19. Nicodemas says:

    I love the surging of the waves here.

  20. Oh wow Mary, the power in this painting. Beautifully done.

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much Emily – glad you enjoyed the scene. Love your description, it was my intention to show the drama and power of storm waves. They have a sense of order about them, fluid movement as they surge forward and drag back into the sea, and yet are elegant. The sea is magical.

  21. Awesome, Mary. You know what jumped out at me first…an eyeball. 🙂 Do you see it?

  22. It’s surging indeed…beautiful as always… 🙂

    Have a happy weekend, Mary… 🙂

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