16″ x 22.75″ acrylic on Arches watercolour paper.
This painting requires framing.
$700 (approx. €569, £505) with free shipping.
Do you know the exhilarating feeling of standing on the west coast of Ireland looking out onto the wild Atlantic on a blustery day?
This painting captures some of that feeling and the video, the third and final part, reveals how it came to life.
The painting and the video started off by making broad energetic strokes with a knife sponge and a rag (see part 1 and part 2) and it ended with a small brush to add little touches.
Finding the balance between retaining the energy of the initial broad strokes and drafting enough detail to draw the eye is the secret of knowing when to stop.
So what do you think about this finished piece? Do let me know, I’d love to read your comment.
It is fascinating to see how the painting evolved and was finally completed. In particular I found the final draw back with the camera helped me to see the whole painting slightly differently; it is like standing in front of a painting in a gallery and then moving back. As my eye adjusted it enabled me to focus on different aspects of the painting such as the pieces of land which came more to the fore. I like the ‘sheet’ of rain on the top left and the wonderful tinge of pink which shows tough from underneath and is highlighted in the final stages. I also noticed the swell of the sea in the upper part of the scene. As always John you have captured the force and vital energy of the waves as they reach the shore.
Yes the zoom out really puts the whole piece in context. As you say Chris it’s like looking at a painting in a gallery and then moving back., except my zooming is a bit shakey and is work in progress 🙂 Thank you for your comment on the painting. I think it does capture some of that elemental force that you mention.
Capturing the sea, a ever changing canvass itself, is a challenge and I think you have managed this sea well. Quite hypnotic watching this …..and your recycling of what looks like icecream tubs?
Anyway lovely, John,, and have reposted.
Thank you Julia. your eagle eye spotted those ice cream tubs to hold water and the lids are great to use as a palette. 🙂
Yes Julia – I also noticed the types of brushes, the little pots and what I thought were margerine tub lids.
Close Chris, Ice cream tub lids
im very, very much a beginner. very much.
i love the wave.
why acrylic on water color paper?
and apologies if you have already explained and i missed it.
aidan ct usa
Thanks for your comment and welcome to the blog. Glad to hear that you like the finished painting. Thank you also for the question about the use of watercolour paper with acrylic. I used the watercolour paper because of its absorbent qualities so the acrylic paint which is water based can bleed into the paper which can result in an interesting dappled look. Also this was a large sheet A1 in size and I thought it would make a good landscape that size. I tend to use the acrylic paint Aidan, a lot like watercolour at the start of the painting so it is very loose. The Acrylic paint I use is highly pigmented so getting high saturation very quickly. Later I use the paint thicker, when more detail is required. I hope that helps Aidan and the best of luck with your own art making