Three years ago I bought a video made by Don Demers that concentrated on “Marine Painting: Art of the Wave.” Don, a premier master artist of marine paintings, has some of the most extraordinary wave paintings I’ve seen by any contemporary painter in my time and it doesn’t surprise me of the sheer number of awards he has won.
When I saw that Mr. Demers produced a video I didn’t hesitate to purchase because I wanted to get better painting the sea, but also to gain an understanding of his thinking as he painted waves. My first viewing of the video I put it down (for three years – this guy was too intense for a new artist like myself), he knew the sea but was too advanced for my understanding (being able to interpret oil painting vs. oil pastels, mixing colors, and brush techniques).
This past week I picked up the video again to see if I could follow along, now that I’m painting the sea in acrylics. I watched the video with new eyes and understanding, and decided to attempt to paint along. My painting doesn’t match Mr. Demers’ (medium, colors and technical know-how), but the lessons learned were invaluable for the thought process, steps in building a wave, mixing colors and distinguishing shadows and light within sea-foam.
Here is my study. While there are areas to be re-worked, it’s a study not of perfection but for learning how to paint a better wave – click onto the image for a larger view of the details.