Painting the sea, at least in New England, is all about the gorgeous and infinite neutrals….plus a little playful brushwork. All the swirling movement can easily turn into a study of moire patterns. The eye slides around the picture and skips into the waves. It can feel as thrilling to paint as a roller coaster ride. More! Details below.
Technical painting notes: The base layer of dark blue/gray paint was rolled on with a soft rubber roller, then manipulated with mineral spirits to create drips and streaks. When it was dry, multiple layers of transparent glaze were applied and sometimes scraped away with a silicone scrpaer. Thin layers of paint were applied soft brushes. Some of the middle layers of gestural brushwork were applied with a worn chip brush and loose paint, allowed to dry, then refined with traditional brushwork.