Clearing Up

TM9140 Clearing Up 42×60 oil on panel

Big waves deserve bigger panels, so this is my first 42×60 oil painting on panel. The painting is based on waves I observed in Gloucester, Massachusetts¬†after a particularly violent storm. The huge rollers were piling up on the beach, each one more impressive than the last. The colors were every shade of gray, with blue and green sliding in as the clouds cleared away.I experimented with the foam on the beach, playing with the roller over spatters and brushed paint. While the waves may have been violent, painting them was not – I¬† enjoyed becoming part of them. Details below.

TM9140 Clearing Up – detail from top edge of wave

TM9140 Clearing Up – detail from crashing wave

TM9140 Clearing Up – detail from foreground