It´s getting kind of obsessive

I´ve really gotten into painting seascapes lately, so again I could not stay away from another attempt at it. I don´t know what it is about it, but i just feel very calm while doing it. I can actually hear the waves smashing against the rocks in my head, and the seagulls squeaking down through the sea breeze from above. It´s almost therapeutic.

I was very pleased with the clouds and the big wave, but again, as usual, I wasn´t able to paint it all realistically. From the wave up it looks pretty good, but from the wave down it looks way more cartoonish. But there is a progress, so I´m pleased. I´ll just have to do some more sessions, although my blue paint is really starting to run out…. 🙂

A go at De Niro and Gandalf the Grey

Since i´ve done a lot of painting lately, I picked up my sketching kit today and had a go at one of my favorite actors, Robert De Niro. If you look past the slight… misplacement of the right eye, I thought it went rather well.

I also had a try at the great Ian McKellen, or Gandalf the Grey, which i´m also quite pleased with.

I´m amazed by the difference some shadow making can do to a sketch. It can really make some features come alive.

Don´t need much

After painting this picture today, ISnapchat-8106274936334462504 was fascinated by how few tools you actually need to paint a decent painting. Without blowing my own horn to much, I thought this was my best painting yet.

When i say few tools, I´m talking about both brushes, palette knifes and paint. TIMG_17731he whole picture is painted with a combination of blue, ivory black, titanium white, a small amount of yellow, and some burnt sienna. The rest of the tools, is presented on the picture to the right.

If someone is interested in reading the step-by-step procedure of how I painted the picture, which is inspired by the book The Art of Painting Landscapes, Seascapes and Skyscapes in Oil & Acrylic , here it is:IMG_19971

For the sky, use a blend of blue, white and a little bit of ivory black. Start from the left, and paint gradually more and more to the right, blending in more white as you go. This will make the light source from the right become more clear. For the skies, use a blend of white and ivory black, and highlight the edges of them with pure white at the end.

For the rear mountains, use a blend of blue, white and black, with an emphasis on the blue paint to start with. paint in the same direction as with the skyline, and blend in more of the black paint as you go. Remember to leave out a blank space for the crashing wave, which will be painted on later. IMG_40021

For the rocks to the right, use a blend of ivory black and white. Then paint in highlighted rock formations and stones to make it pop out. For the sea I used a blend of blue, ivory black and white for the dark parts, lighting the blend up more as i came nearer to the shore. This sea blend can also be used to highlight the rocks. You can also use a small brush to add some white breaking waves out on the sealine.

The front stones is based on a blend of ivory black, white and burnt sienna. You can use a palette knife to apply the paint over the rock area of the canvas, and the use the brush to form different rock shapes. The rocks can be highlighted by the sea color from earlier, a blend of ivory black and white, and a blend of blue, yellow, brunt sienna and white. This is for the lightest parts. Snapchat-8106274936334462504

When you are done you can use a small brush to paint in some foam and crashing waves in the shore area. For the big wave, I used a blend of yellow and white for the foam, and the dark sea blend for painting in the dark tones of the crashing wave.

So, as you can see, you don´t need much to have a nice day of painting. On this one, I used about six hours.

If you´ve ended up reading this post, and have some input, it would mean a lot if you left a comment.

The process

After a bad series of paintings lately, I feel that i´m finally back on track in the sense of seeing some improvement. I have often, recently, regretted not taking pictures during the process though, because I often feel that the paintings looked better before I did the last finishing touches to them. It would then be great to have a photo to look back on when the depression sets in.

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Step 1

Anyway, thats why I decided to take some photos from each phase of the painting process during the four hours I used completing one today. That way I had pictures to look back on if something went wrong, but I also got the opportunity to write a step-by-step-post showing how the painting came together. Which I think is cool. The painting is based on a tutorial from the book The Art of Painting Landscapes, Seascapes and Skyscapes in Oil & Acrylic . This is how it went:

Step 1:

As you can see on the picture to the right, I started out painting the contours of some rocks and mountains along the coast line. Without going into the specific colors, having now stuffed all my equipment away, i used a mix of black, blue, green, red and white for the rocks. I also painted in the dark spots of the ocean, which I gradually finish a long the way. Here I used a blend of blue, black, green and white, with emphasis on blue. Painting seperate parts of the painting this way also makes room on the palette ro mix out a good amount of paint.

Step 2:

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Step 2

By blending out the sea colors in different ways, I finished the sealine part of the picture by painting various mixes of the sea colors in on small parts of the canvas, with an emphasis on the use of white and green. I also made a skyline using green, blue and white, with clouds on it, which is a blend of white and yellow. I also painted in a wall of clouds on the breaking point of the horizon. At last I used a fluffy brush to kind of soften out the clouds.

Step 3:

Time to finish of the sealine and rocks, and put in some waves and foam to make things come a little more alive. By using a mix of blue, white and green, I painted in the shallow water around the rocks, which often looks a bit light green.

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Step 3

By using a mix of white and yellow, I also put in some foam where the waves crash against the rocks. Topping it off with some pure white, just pushing it on the canvas with the brush.I also wanted to make some contours on the rocks themselves. So with a mix of black (small amount), blue, yellow, red, and some gold yellow ochre, I finished of what I believe became some more lively rocks.

I hope someone got some joy out of this post. I had a lot of fun painting it at least. And I think the result was something to be pleased with.