Ocean Study #7, acrylic painting

The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever – Jacques Cousteau

It’s been a long nine weeks working to get my shoulder/neck/arm repaired,  over the last two weeks we’ve seen a lot of progress – feeling pretty darn good, so I’m back to limited blogging and creating art.  What better way than to start then with a subject I love, the ocean ~ Jacques Cousteau knew what he was talking about, don’t you think?

Ocean Study #7, is an acrylic painting (12×9) on watercolor paper with liquitex paints.  It felt great to paint with a brush again – this was a fun scene to get re-acquainted with the fluidity of acrylics, colors of the sea, and to capture the push and pull of incoming waves.

Thanks for checking in.  It will take a while, but I’m looking forward to catching up with everyone to see what you’ve been up to.  Click onto the image for a larger view.

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76 Responses to Ocean Study #7, acrylic painting

  1. nutsfortreasure says:

    Gorgeous Mary

  2. Beautiful as usual, Mary. Sorry I haven’t visited in a long time. I haven’t been blogging as much lately. Did you “leave the white” for the waves on this one?

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Patsy, nice to hear from you. I worked the whites with higher range values of grays and creams, and some aspects of the spray were painted with white.

  3. Hope you’ll recuperate soon, Mary. I can imagine how painful it’s for a creative mind like you to experience a shoulder/neck/arm pain… 😦

    The painting is wonderful as always!

    • Mary says:

      Great to see you Maniparna and thanks so much for your kind words and well wishes. We are getting better every day. Hope you have a beautiful week ahead.

  4. My dearest Mary, not only you are a very talented woman but a courageous one too! I hope by the time you see this your healing is up to 100%! Sending you my best wishes and do I need to tell you how much I love your Ocean? Nuh – you know!!! 🙂

    • Mary says:

      Wonderful to see you Marina – thank you for your generous words and compliment. You’ve made my day! I’m about 90%, body is almost all healed – thank you so much for your well wishes. Hope all is calming down for you and you are able to take a breather – have a great week ahead my friend!

  5. Amy says:

    So sorry to hear about your shoulder/neck/arm… Wonderful to hear that you are feeling better. 🙂
    Take easy, Mary don’t work too hard. ❤ 🙂

  6. Jet Eliot says:

    Really wonderful seascape, Mary. Wishing you confined healing.

  7. I would love to have this piece as a mural, so I could pretend I was at the beach. But more importantly, I think it could help a person work through writer’s block.

    Also, I bet if this was on a wall, the colours would change slightly, depending on the time of day/year…just like the ocean. 🙂

    • Mary says:

      You are so nice Ruth, thank you. I enjoy spending time looking at ocean scenes because they take me to a quiet place of reflection – glad you enjoyed this. A mural would be very interesting – the magic would begin for sure.

  8. Gallivanta says:

    Mary, lovely, free moving waves, and floating clouds seem the perfect way to celebrate the healing of your arm/shoulder. I can see you moving your arm freely across the ‘canvas’.

    • Mary says:

      Hi Gallivanta, thank you – loved reading your response to the scene. So glad you enjoyed it – the arm really did move freely across the canvas.

  9. ladyfi says:

    Lovely painting. And so glad to hear you are healing.

    • Mary says:

      Hi Fiona, thank you so much. Everyday I’m getting better – been a long journey, but it’s nearly finished. Looking forward to seeing more of your gorgeous photographs.

  10. Simla Barki says:

    Stunning, your ocean paintings are truly amazing.

  11. ĽAdelaide says:

    Hi Mary, I’ve enjoyed strolling thru your garden of paintings. Your flowers are all beautiful. I especially love the pinkie ones. those pink roses down below are wonderful and felt like ice cream to me. I’m happy to read you are having healing success. I don’t know what you did to yourself but I myself, was offline for a time. i missed it more than i expected so now i’m trying to get back into the swing of things. using some of my oldest posts to help fill in the downtime gaps, getting more painting into my life and slowly finding some normalcy again. Your work is better than ever so maybe a little break was a nice thing. tho doubt you felt that way with your injuries.

    Your ocean paints are always so stunning and it is nice to see you pick up a brush again. i imagine painting with brush is less work for you right now that pastel work. either way, they are all just lovely … hoping to see you again soon! xo

    • Mary says:

      So great to see you Linda, thank you so much for your beautiful response to the painting and the flower paintings too – means a lot to hear from you. Glad to read that you are painting again and things are getting normal once again – although isn’t the harvest season at the farm? I’m healing really well, probably 85% to 90% and feeling so much better – thank you for asking. Hope you have a beautiful Fall, I’m looking forward to seeing some of your new paintings my friend!

  12. dsaquarelles says:

    The seascape is very beautiful. Hoping you will be better.

  13. I have missed you and am very pleased to hear that you are on the mend….and I can see through this lovely piece of work…that indeed you are. The ocean and indeed all of Mother Nature is the best healer of all…and of course painting:) janet.

    • Mary says:

      So good to see you Janet. Thank you, it’s been an interesting road and very glad to be able to paint again – slow going, but can’t complain. Painting with acrylics is so different than with oil pastels, but I love the experience.

  14. Beautiful, Mary. Pleased to see you back painting

  15. jvandervlugt says:

    Hi Mary. It’s good to see your paintings. Take it easy. My mom once told me when recovering from an injury, “You can’t see what’s healing inside your body.”

    This ocean study is done with acrylics? Wow! The sky and blue ocean are beautiful. You know what I love? The sand! The colours you’ve chosen and how you’ve painted the sand–gorgeous.

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Joanna! Your Mother knew what she was talking about, every time I do too much the body lets me know ~ I’ve been impatient. Thank you also for your read on the painting – love your enthusiasm and support, my learning curve with acrylics is straight up. Having fun – looking forward to seeing what you’ve been up to.

  16. Frank Prem says:

    Looks a lovely image Mary, well caught.



  17. Resa says:

    Glad to hear you’ve had a couple of productive healing weeks. The type of injury you’ve been going through takes eons to heal. I tore everything holding 1 of my knees together about 10 years ago. It took a good 5 years to heal almost 100%
    ⭐ More importantly…. your ocean painting is moving, in 2 ways. I see & feel the the motion of the ocean. ⭐

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much Resa – it’s been interesting to say the least. Never understood how bad pain could really be until this, but finally it’s healing and I’m hoping for 100% much sooner than, what did you say, 5 years? How did you ever handle that?! Thank you for your comments about the painting, I consider it a real compliment when you can feel the work – wow, and thanks again! Hope you are having a great weekend and looking forward to seeing what you’ve been up to – wondering if you’ve been designing anything recently??

  18. Great to her about your health, Mary… Excellent work!!!

  19. It’s so good to see you, Mary. The painting is beautiful. I love the haunting deep blue colors. Love the quote by Cousteau.

    • Mary says:

      So good to see you Jill too – thank you, means a lot. I’m so glad you enjoyed the painting, great description of the blues! Mr. Cousteau was something else – he loved the sea, that’s for sure.

  20. Leya says:

    Beautiful, Mary – very alive!

  21. restlessjo says:

    Really lovely, Mary 🙂 Good to have you back in action.

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much Jo – you know your seas! I appreciate your welcoming thoughts. Hope you have a great week ahead – can’t believe Summer is over already!!

  22. This is really lovely, Mary. You’ve really got the movement in those waves, and your sky is beautiful. Sorry that your recovery has taken so long. I hope that the injury will soon be a thing of the past. xx 🙂

  23. I am delighted to see your post today, Mary…it looks like fluidity is happening! The fact that you have returned with this beautiful painting of the sea reminded me of the famous poem by John Masefield, “Sea Fever”……which begins: “I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky….
    Welcome back!

    • Mary says:

      Finally right Cynthia? It is so good to see you again! Love your poem choice by Mr. Masefield, because it’s right were I needed to spend some time – I can even smell the salty sea air. The scene seemed fitting for the moment. Thank you so much my friend and I can’t wait to see what you’ve written this past month.

  24. neihtn2012 says:

    It’s good that you are wielding a brush again! This impressive painting is a perfect testament to that.

    • Mary says:

      If ever I need to feel good about a painting, I’m coming to see you Hien! Thank you for such a beautiful comment, means a lot to me – had a lot of fun bringing movement to a canvas again.

  25. Oh Mary, I’m so sorry to hear that you were hurt 😦 I was away from blogging as well. I’m happy to hear that you’re recovering and making good progress in the right direction!
    Beautiful seaside painting, love the dynamics of it, you were always an excellent wave master. Water is one of your best elements and is wonderful to see it in acrylics! Love the combination of the three elements: water, air and earth. You merged these seamlessly into a perfect harmonious glorious vision of sky, sea and sand!
    Wishing you a most wonderful weekend my dear friend! Much love and hugs to you!

    • Mary says:

      Here is my surprise of the day! So good to see you my friend and hope you are well, I’ve thought of you often. Thank you Eva as always for your read on the painting, I really enjoy seeing it through your eyes. I felt like it was time to do some acrylic painting and have several more to complete – was great to get back to doing some painting. I’m slowly getting back to normal, doing so much better than a couple of weeks ago. I hope you have a beautiful and relaxing weekend dear friend. Love to you as well ~

  26. What a beautiful painting!

  27. So sorry to hear about your shoulder, Mary. I have been away from the blogosphere, just posting here and there as I was submitting my recent novel for publication. I’m glad, though, to read that you are able to paint again. And Cousteau is certainly an inspiration with his love for the seas and oceans. Your own interpretation is (as always) gorgeous. Take care.

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much Evelyne for your lovely thoughts – means a lot to hear from you. This was a fun scene to paint and hope to do a few more. Mr. Cousteau came to mind while I working the water, he really did love the sea – I think his sons took over his work. What a gift they’ve given to the world.

      • Glad I took the time to stop by your blog,Mary. As for Cousteau I know of one of his sons who took over his dad’s phenomenal job. The sea and water always remain an inspiration for the creative mind. And a painter’s eyes.

  28. John says:

    Beautiful work Mary! And I remember Mr. Cousteau when I was young. Never missed his programme!

  29. Louise says:

    JC knew a thing or two 🙂 and I thoroughly agree with his sentiments Mary .
    You’re on top form with your painting here sending best wishes for a more speedy recovery now . I missed out on that fact ..it must have been very trying too not being able to work the magic with your brushes . A very happy carefree mood in your seascape scene Mary … let’s hope the same for your week ahead x

    • Mary says:

      Hi Louise, thank you and oh yes he knew quite a bit – loved his shows too. Recovery is taking time, but I’m seeing improvement so we’ll be taking it slow and steady. So glad you enjoyed the seascape, I’m hoping to give the brushes a real go on several new scenes I want to paint – this was a good one to start with. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  30. Susan Feniak says:

    Pleased to see and hear you are on the mend Mary! Yes, Jacque Cousteau knew what he was talking about. A wonderful quote. You will no doubt all ready know that I love this painting Mary.

  31. Tom Donovan says:

    Didn’t know you were out of commission. Good to hear you are feeling better. Don’t believe I’ve seen any of your acrylic paintings before, and I am mighty impressed, Mary. Beautiful colors and your brush work captures the unique qualities of sea, sand and sky….

    • Mary says:

      Hi Tom, it’s been a while but feeling much better – thank you. I’ve only painting several acrylic seascapes (I have a tab at top of blog page for my seascapes in acrylics if you’d like to see the others). It’s fascinating painting the sea with acrylics – I have a 22×24 that is almost completed. I plan to do a couple of studies off of some amazing seascape artists that is really going to test me – from color mixing to paint strokes. Can’t wait. I really appreciate your feedback and thoughts on this painting – thanks again! Hope you are well and looking forward to see your latest work.

  32. So good to see you coming back and sounds like you are mending well. Love your painting 🙂

  33. dorannrule says:

    I am so glad you are back and mending! Love this seaside treat. Takes me back to childhood when we were always at the shore.

  34. Lovely, Mary. Looking forward to more of your work!

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