View Full Version : Seascapes/waves

01-20-2000, 06:38 PM
OK.. nobody's been in here in a while. I like painting with acrylics because it's easier to clean up and dries fast enough to satisfy my need to have gratification (completion) quicker.

SO -- Please, tell me where I can find good resources (or give me your own insight!) on how to create realistic looking waves! I did a seascape that doesn't look BAD, but it doesn't look quite right, either. It's huge, but maybe i can scan it in soon and put it up here for critiques.


Bruce Rohrlach
01-21-2000, 08:20 AM
I'm in the same boat so to speak - use acrylics and have painted some landscapes/seascapes, but I've never tried waves - and would like to - but not sure where to start. Anybody have some basic tips ?? Where ever I've included sea I've always made it a flat surface - guess the best thing is to simply experiment and especially try and copy someone elses "technique". I find that other paintings are the best sources of inspiration for something that I have difficulty doing.

01-21-2000, 10:28 AM
Bruce, I'd love to see some of your work. When I get a chance, I'll scan in my seascape and we can both pick it apart and figure out what's wrong. Maybe if we're lucky, I'm doing something wrong that you're not, and vice versa!


01-21-2000, 10:47 AM
JB..lets see it..scan it in!! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif


p.s. {thanks for the moon pic.s..did you get any of pic.s of when it was red??}

Bruce Rohrlach
01-23-2000, 12:08 AM
I've put one of them up on Critique Discussions Janet - called "Emerald Paradise" - as you can see the "sea" is flat - but no one seems to mind in this case!

03-07-2000, 05:14 PM
I've just recently began painting marine art with acrylics and I am happy with the results. I say this because I don't want to leave anyone with a false impression. At this point in time I'm learning also. I have some marine oils and my first acrylic seacsape posted in the msn web community page. Go to http://communities.msn.com/art
and click on photo album. Scroll down and look for "Things I Like" and click on it. The acrylic seacsape is at the bottom of the list. If you think it's worthy of further discussion, post a reply and we can talk about ways to improve each other.


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04-06-2000, 01:21 AM
I do acrylic more than anything, and I love your waves. My untrained eye likes it.

04-07-2000, 11:02 AM
it really is a good idea to grab some books by marine artists and just study. start with homer...milt

04-07-2000, 03:24 PM
You're right Milt. I would say many of us ocean loving painters do not live near the ocean and therefor must rely on photographs and as many trips to the ocean as we could make. I live near Lake Michigan but the lake just doesn't have the intensity and life that the ocean has for obvious reasons. I get my inspiration from Carl Evers, Charles Vickery, and Loren Adams.

Thanks for the comment Tammy...bob

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05-06-2000, 06:30 AM
Reference photos for waves...

I'd strongly suggest http://www.webshots.com for reference pics. Their "community" section has something like 50,000 photos, searchable by key word.

This is where I got a ton of reference pics for waterfalls. I had been hunting for a book just about waterfalls, but then I went there and found hundreds of pics. Now, hey, I don't need the book.

Obviously we should still respect copyright and not work directly from these people's photos without any permission... but if you just want to see the way waves break, or the way the light comes through... searching for the key word "wave" or "waves" will get you a TON of examples.

-=- Jen / Pixelscapes

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05-06-2000, 04:16 PM
I visited the site. Thanx. I enjoyed it very much.

10-24-2004, 01:30 AM
I'm lucky, I have waves all over the place to study here on Maui.
After studying them for a couple of years, this is what I came up with.

I spent a week in cow fields once, I can make them jump over the moon :)
This is a link to my acrylic paintings, the medium I've worked in longest, 15 years at least.

10-24-2004, 04:22 AM
There's a marine painting forum here on Wetcanvas! I bet you'd find some good info there... maybe post some work for feedback on how to make your sea and waves better? :)


10-25-2004, 02:57 AM
Do you have a wave painting to show us? There were no examples of your work on the urls you linked to.