San Diego Wave Acrylic Painting

My new painting, completed in studio after plain air sessions San Diego wave acrylic
My new painting, completed in studio after plain air sessions San Diego wave acrylic
San Diego Wave 18×24, completed in studio after plein air sessions

I love the lacy leading edge of the wave as it washes over the wet sand… I love the lighter, drier swash of sand in the bottom right hand corner. I think its so cool how a little scudding of light blue paint over pyrrole red and the brown of the dark wet sand looks like clear water reflecting the blue sky. I love the forward-roll of the spray on the crest of the wave, the little drops thrown forward. I love the way the depth of the wave creates a dark shadow like the thick edge of a pane of glass – have you noticed, the seagreen of glass is the same emerald as a translucent wave at its darkest? I like the way the teal paint on the horizon is nothing more than a mix of blues and greens scraped across, and the way the clouds are blurred in the distance, rising over a blurred horizon. This is SO how I see the ocean.

All my watercolor paintings I did at the beach, plein air san diego luckiness, hot sun and surf at my doorstep, made this possible, because then I was able to compose a wave from the watercolor notes I took. And here it is.

Author: Katana

Katana Leigh is a professional international artist with her paintings at home in Canada, the USA, Costa Rica, Australia, and more. Find her on Artist Katana Shop, Google! and Instagram

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