how to paint a wave: a step by step tutorial using oil paints
Learn how to paint a wave with five easy steps. It's easy, you can do it.
Just follow the steps and you will be amazed what you can do!
When we go to the ocean, there is nothing as awesome as God's gift of the ocean. The crashing waves are
and a wonderful subject for painting.
Paint this wave step-by-step
what makes a wave?
We have a better idea of how to paint a wave, when we know how waves are made.
Out in the ocean, energy movement under the surface of the water makes the
waves. The energy is the result of winds and currents.
This energy under
the water causes the waves to go up and down.
The top of the water
stays basically in the same place. This is why a surfer can sit out on the
ocean in the same place going up and down on the waves until he decides to catch a big one.
- The front of the waves are concave.
- The back of waves are rounded.
- The base of the waves is level.
No matter how
windy it is or how rough the sea is, the baseline of the waves remains
level with the horizon.
Waves are awesome!
how do waves form?
When waves approach the shore, they appear to be growing.
Actually they are the same size. They just rise up taller because the ocean bottom is closer to the surface. So the volume of water in a wave
has less space.
As a wave builds higher, more water is sucked into the wave.
The front of the wave becomes more concave and creates a trough in front of the
When a wave gets so large it can no longer support itself, it falls
Understanding how waves form helps us learn how to paint a wave.
Waves make the awesome subject of seascape paintings.
painting seascapes takes practice ......
Practice, practice and more practice is what makes a painter. And it makes painting fun!
A little practice painting on canvas board.
We can take any part of a reference photo and do a practice painting.
Here are a couple of shots from Pixabay.
what do we need to paint an ocean wave?
We will be doing this wave painting with oil paints. You could use much the same methods for acrylics. Oil Painting Supplies
- Blue - Ultramarine Blue or Thalo Blue
- Green - Viridian Green or Thalo Green
- Yellow - Cad. Yellow Light or Naples Yellow
- Orange - Burnt Sienna
- White - Titanium White
- Optional - Alizarin Crimson
Hog hair bristle brushes are great for seascapes.
You may use synthetic brushes of your choice. However sable
or other soft brushes normally are not suitable for seascapes.
Stretched canvas is the traditional choice for seascapes. Canvas boards are good for practicing how to paint a wave.