I recently purchased this new duvet cover from Pottery Barn. I love butterflies!
But the picture over my bed doesn’t really go with my room anymore so I want to paint something to replace it. I bought a large 30″ x 40″ blank canvas, but I wasn’t brave enough to take my brushes to it right off.
These pale colors are calm and peaceful to me. I get this same feeling when I see paintings of the ocean.
I used these miniature canvases to practice painting my own ocean scenes before I tackle the big one.
I mixed up some acrylic paint to match the colors of the duvet.
The first canvas was really simple, just three strips of color.
For the second one, I tried to paint a more interesting shoreline and add more color into the sky.
Neither one of these were really what I was aiming for so I added some gel medium into the mix. The medium thickens the paint and creates texture.
I began by painting the entire surface with medium…
Using the palette knife, I blocked in the shore.
And then continued with the sea, some tree-like shapes, and sky.
Added some white with the edge of the palette knife for waves…
Looking through my art book on William Turner, I found this ship and used it as a guide to add a tiny one onto my canvas…
For the final sample, I tried to paint an ocean sunset. I smeared on the color with the palette knife just like the last one. I really love the texture of the gel medium!
Then I scraped some paint off of the sky with the palette knife. Just a few small places near the base of the sky.
To demonstrate that I’m a self-taught artist once again, I used a Q-tip to rub some yellow into the areas that were scraped away.
These were fun to paint and now I have a much better idea of what I want to do on my large canvas.
Here are the first two without gel medium…
And here are the two with the medium mixed in…
I’ll show you which one I decided to use for my large canvas soon.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!