Plein Air San Diego Watercolor & Waves

This is one of my favorites - the skim of water on the sand as the next wave rolls in.

Painting outside is the single mandatory activity for any serious artist. Luckily, in San Diego, it’s pure joy. Especially when the dolphins show up; they are the only reason for me to drop my painting supplies and run down the beach to get a better view. We’ve seen them three times this month already; they run up and down the coastline twice a day so a little observation goes a long way. They are like joy arriving in an adrenaline rush; I love watching them jump over the waves and clear out of the water!

A light wash, layered with a darker color to indicate the shape of the water.
A light wash, layered with a darker color to indicate the shape of the water.

 

This is one of my favorites - the skim of water on the sand as the next wave rolls in.
This is one of my favorites – the skim of water on the sand as the next wave rolls in.
Love that emerald green that is the wave with the light shining through it like cut glass.
Love that emerald green that is the wave with the light shining through it like cut glass.
My first sketch - just getting the colors and shape of the wave. The yellow topographical lines is pastel.
My first sketch – just getting the colors and shape of the wave. The yellow topographical lines is pastel.
Using a silver paint pen to indicate the reflections on top of the water.
Using a silver paint pen to indicate the reflections on top of the water.
San Diego plein air painting.
I love San Diego; plein air painting here is just FUN. Look at the little sailboat in the distance.
A color study of ocean waves at the beach.
A color study getting the gesture of the waves.
Amazing plein air watercolors all done in one day!
All of my plein air watercolors all done in one day!

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

2 thoughts on “Plein Air San Diego Watercolor & Waves”

  1. Just gorgeous. I find drawing water to be kinda difficult but I’ll have to keep some of these techniques in mind…

    1. After spending eight hours at the beach painting, I have to say depicting water has gotten a LOT easer. There’s lots of water in Vancouver .. there aren’t as many water features here as downtown Vancouver has!

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