The ocean has many aspects, from calm to turbulent. Cresting embodies the quieter end of the range – the moment before the wave breaks. It also implies the ssshhhboom of crashing waves to come with the rollers lining up behind our cresting wave. Enjoy.
Technical painting notes: I took the photograph on which this painting is based some years ago. The luminosity of the wave caught my eye, but it was the suggestion of something sparkling inside the wave that made me want to paint it. Using monoprint techniques, I rolled some paint on the panel and spritzed it with solvents, then blotted, to get the tiny droplet effect in the lower part of the wave. I used primarily transparent oil pigments and soft brushes to layer in color.