I’m working to further develop technical fundamentals of painting seascapes that has lead me to read a book written about the process that seascape American painter, Roger W. Curtis (now deceased) used to create his incredible paintings. 95% of the book shows Curtis’ work in black and white, it’s his thought process that he used for design elements, composition, color, rocks, the sea and techniques that is probably one of the best books I’ve read on the subject. While I may study Curtis’ work, my tendency is to let my own brush strokes develop lines and patterns within waves and surf rather than copy what I studied.
The following two studies are based on my initial readings and are my loose interpretations of two of Curtis’ works – click onto the images for a larger view.
Ocean Study #5: Sunrise, an acrylic painting was done concentrating on misty early morning hours when pink and purple hues dominate the sky and water. I was attracted to the scene for its soft morning atmosphere when the colors are the quietest and subtle.
Ocean Study #6: Storm Turbulence, an acrylic painting was done as a prelude to larger scenes where the water is stirred and has created a certain drama as the sea races ashore. Curtis’ scene was in black and white, a quiet sky and much different lines elements in the water – my interpretation created a cloud-filled sky, and I let the lines and sea-foam patterns from the pounding wave/surf patterns develop from various brush strokes.