View Full Version : First attempt at the Ocean

05-06-2003, 07:13 PM
15 x 6 1/2 300lb Canson...scrap piece of paper.

thought I would attempt the ocean. I'm fairly happy with the waves, but dont like the boat, it seems too dark to me and doesn't seem to sit well in the water, any suggestions?

any comments/critiques most welcome



05-06-2003, 07:21 PM
I like the waves. Since the light is to the left of the boat you might try lifting a little color on the left of the boat. Other than that it looks very good to me.

Also you could scratch the line in that hold the sail instead of having it black.

05-06-2003, 07:23 PM
The boat looks in extreme danger to me! Like the palette.



05-06-2003, 07:35 PM
thanks for looking and commenting Sylvie and Lyn. I'm going to try your suggestion Sylvie. This is done with prussion blue....I know its a no-no but I love the color. When I was painting in oils years ago, I did a night scene with the moon reflecting off of a lake....with only prussion blue and white.....I gave it to my mother -in law...she loved it. When she died, I got it back.
thanks again. I now have my puter back, and hubby is teaching me to use the scanner.


05-06-2003, 07:38 PM
WOW..... very dramatic!!! Other than adding just a few hightlights to the left side of the boat I would just leave it as is - sign it and frame it!!

05-06-2003, 07:51 PM
thank you Nandie. I'm new at posting stuff....this is so much fun. I'm kinda slow at replying and commenting on peoples pics, but I've learned so much from this site.


Alan Cross
05-06-2003, 07:56 PM
Wow patti those are some waves.....I wouldn't want to be anywhere near there but it has a lot of feeling and motion in there, the boat does seem a little dark but the waves are great!
Alan :)

05-06-2003, 08:02 PM
reminds me of the perfect storm. didn't like the movie very much, depressing, but like all the huge waves and limitless expanses.


PS great painting by the way

Little Old Lady
05-06-2003, 08:18 PM
Great painting! Wonderful waves!

05-06-2003, 08:30 PM
Thanks Alan and Joann for looking and commenting. Alan....I LOVE your website....you paint such beautiful things.


05-06-2003, 08:37 PM
Originally posted by Nandie
WOW..... very dramatic!!! Other than adding just a few hightlights to the left side of the boat I would just leave it as is - sign it and frame it!!

I agree... Those waves are fantastic!

Alan Cross
05-06-2003, 08:39 PM
THanks Patti, just getting my camara back so I should be able to post one of my new paintings soon!
Alan :)

05-06-2003, 08:47 PM
Painting shows a lot of motion. Good color and depiction of water. Very nice

05-06-2003, 09:06 PM
thank you Charm and JKook for commenting. I think I might have to try another ocean again. I painted this faster than any other pics I've done. I tend to get too into details on others.


Strawberry Wine
05-06-2003, 09:19 PM
HI Patti: Hope those tending the boat have sent out an SOS. Wonderful ocean scene Your waves are awesome.

Agree with others advice about light on side of boat and lifting/scratching the mast a bit.

Please post any revisions you may decide to make here in your thread so we can see the changes.


05-06-2003, 09:20 PM
Wow ....your waves are really great. I am lucky not being in that boat. :) Few highlights on the boats will make this ready to be framed.

05-06-2003, 11:30 PM
put some highlights on the boat....does that help?

Thanks for commenting gail and patricia.



Alan Cross
05-06-2003, 11:52 PM
Thats better but I still don't want to be out there....
Alan :)

05-06-2003, 11:56 PM
:D LOL thanks Alan!


Nancy Anthony
05-07-2003, 01:00 AM
This is an awesome painting! :cool:

I love your palette and the execution of the waves is very energetic!

Are you doing any more like this?

05-07-2003, 01:26 AM
Dramatic Waves!! I bet it was hard to acheive this effect.
Great job.

05-07-2003, 01:36 AM
Thanks carolyn and nancy.

This was a practice with lots of frisket....I brushed it....splattered it, seeing what it would do. after i removed the frisket....i used an incredible nib to move paint around so the white wouldn't have alot of hard edges....it was really fun and fast. I think I might try a larger one after I finish the few I'm working on. I tend to pick reference photos that have alot of detail...and I get bogged down. Sometimes I try to do something diff, just to change. I've found..the pics I paint faster, tend to look better...lol

Thanks everyone, I've had alot of fun with this.

btw...this is the first one my hubby has really liked....lol


05-07-2003, 03:43 AM
Very dramatic , I don't think you'll need to worry about the boat that sea will soon sink it:eek: , seriously I like the colours in this one, keeps your attention-------well done---------Alan

05-07-2003, 03:49 AM
Wow. the waves are very well rendered,

I have been out in very rough seas, but not quite this rough.

05-07-2003, 11:18 AM
Thank you Alan and Phillip
Alan....I was thinking about chartering this boat....don't think it will make it?? :eek: :eek:


05-07-2003, 11:26 AM
Lovely, moody piece.....I like your ammendments to the boat.

05-07-2003, 11:40 AM
i look several times to your ocean, i didn't know what to say... waves are really great. I tryed to crop it (cutting the boat) and it hadn't a focal point, something where resting the eye between the waves...

Now i see you did the right thing! the lighter boar is perfect!
brava!!!:clap: :clap:
really beautiful and stormy. great work!

ciao, rapolina.:cat:

05-07-2003, 11:45 AM
agree with all the praise..water is wonderfully rendered

IMHO...if you do another....maybe try the sky in a different color.....but add that color to the water...;)


05-07-2003, 09:45 PM
Thank you Pam, Nitsa and Rapolina.

Thanks for the suggestion Pam.....I always read your replys to posts....you give great advice....and I love your style.