Last year on our beach vacation we saw many fantastic displays of lightning over the ocean at night. My son was able to capture quite a few amazing photos, and this painting is based on one of those.
I chose this scene because of the pink and yellow colors observed around the lightning and how they reflected on ocean – what a spectacular show we watched!
We recently returned from a beach vacation where we enjoyed watching the dolphins swimming not too far from the water’s edge. This painting is based on a lesson from a Walter Foster book called The Art of Painting Sea Life in Watercolor, which has many enchanting sea life tutorials.
I took advantage of a rainy beach day to get to work and am happy with the results. I hope these playful dolphins and their facial expressions make you smile.
This month I decided to work on a larger painting that would also correspond with a WWG prompt, and I was guided by my love of the beach. Since my beach tutorial book was still out from painting the hermit crab, I zeroed in on these shells.
This painting has several layers for the background in order to build up the variations in color. I didn’t follow the instructions totally because I never have the exact colors as specified, and actually I thought it suggested too many colors anyhow. That does nothing but confuse me, so I ended up using only five colors in the painting and mixing my own variations as necessary. Hopefully this painting helps transport your thoughts to a warm, tropical place on this cold February day.