Oil Painting a Seascape : Cresting Waves in a Seascape Oil Painting

Oil Painting a Seascape : Cresting Waves in a Seascape Oil Painting


One of the last effects you can add in is
doing a cresting wave. Again, I’m going to use my fan brush, but this time I have applied
a lot of blue. I’m going to start here at the bottom, put your fan brush down, and then
go over, like that. And keep doing that all the way across the canvas whenever you want
to see this wave that’s going to be cresting. So bring up that; you can kind of see things
through it; that’s normal. If it’s not brilliant enough for you, add some more blue highlights
in there. After you have your nice underside of the wave formed, we need to add froth on
the top, and for this we’re going to use a round brush, with a lot of white on top. This
is the point closest to the viewer, so it actually behooves us to use a really thick
application of paint all along the top here. This is going to be basically your wave. It
forms, it goes over, and it crashes. So, you’re going to want to start this here; make a very,
very prominent lip of froth, and at the very end the froth is going to start to dip down
with the wave. It’s going to be the thickest application of paint on your painting, and
part of the froth is going to be tugged underneath here with the motion of the wave. Don’t treat
it as a static level right up on top here. Bring it all the way up on top, and then down
here over the side. It’s going to look like a layer you could almost pick off of the painting.
It’s fine if it looks thick. Go thick in this case; thick is fine here. And congratulations
on completing your seascape painting.

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