Friday, July 23, 2010

Big Green Wave





This pastel is from a photo that one of my watercolor students wants to paint. I'm not terribly experienced in painting waves and water, so I said we could each paint the painting together and learn together. So she emailed me her photo. I worked with the photo for a long time to get the wave in the water luminescent then spent yesterday painting it in pastels. I know, pastels go from dark to light and make this much easier to paint than the light to dark of watercolor. Maybe I started with pastels because I was too lazy to put them away and get out my watercolors. I plan to work on a series of small watercolors of this photo over the weekend in hopes of learning enough to be able to teach rather than experiment so much in class.
I started this painting with an underpainting which I managed to photograph this time, along with a couple of in-process steps. Unfortunately, I didn't realize that the focus on my camera had been switched to manual, so most of these are badly out of focus. Maybe you can get the idea of the earlier steps.

4 comments:

Vicki Greene said...

I really like the colors that you have in the wave. Luck student to have you as a teacher!

jeannette said...

That's great, James! I like especially the top splashes or the water:)

RHCarpenter said...

Jane, if you do half as well with the watercolors as you did with the pastels, you'll have two winners. This is gorgeous! Love the beautiful, energizing colors and transparency of the large wave.

Jane said...

This is absolutely beautiful . I think that water is quite difficult to paint, but you did it masterly.