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.
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.
No matter how windy it is or how rough the sea is, the baseline of the waves remains level with the horizon.
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 wave.
When a wave gets so large it can no longer support itself, it falls forward.
Understanding how waves form helps us learn how to paint a wave. Waves make the awesome subject of seascape paintings.
Practice, practice and more practice is what makes a painter. And it makes painting fun!
We can take any part of a reference photo and do a practice painting.
Here are a couple of shots from Pixabay.
We will be doing this wave painting with oil paints. You could use much the same methods for acrylics. Oil Painting Supplies
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.
Normally I outline a painting on the canvas with a pencil or thinned yellow paint. This time I used Ultramarine Blue, so it would show up in the photograph.
Mix blue and green together and brush it onto the face of the wave.
Use scrubbing strokes to scrub the paint on. Paint thinner and lighter toward the eye of the wave.
The water gets thinner as it falls down the spill-over, so the paint will be lighter toward the bottom of the spill-over.
As you paint down the eye blend the yellow into the green. Blend them together so there is no definite line between the two colors.
Mix a dark color with Burnt Sienna and blue. More blue will make a very dark color. More Burnt Sienna will make the mixture warmer.
It's easy learning how to paint a wave!
Apply the paint to the background with horizontal strokes to indicate distant swells.
You may choose to paint sky instead of water. It's your choice.
Paint the shadow areas of the foam rolls with a bit of blue mixed with white.
You may grey the blue with a touch of Burnt Sienna. Or add a tiny bit of Alizarin Crimson for purple shadows. It's the artist's choice how to paint a wave.
Mix a little yellow and white for the sunlight areas of the foam. Load your brush with the sunlight mixture. (Sorry I was trying to show you the loaded brush and the camera focused on the wave.)
Use a clean, dry brush to make a few flicks up, as if the wind is catching the foam.
When you are learning how to paint a wave, use your brush strokes to indicate water movement.
Ex. The foam trails go up the wave at an angle to show the movement of the wave.
This is how to paint a wave that looks more natural.
Look over the painting and make any other adjustments you desire. You are the artist, adjust whatever looks good to you. Listen to your inner voice. Contrasting values make this a successful painting.
My desire was to extend the spill-over, adjust some foam and a few colors.
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