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.