60 x 80 cm painting in acrylic
“… it will be a fine sunny day when a beautiful ship under scarlet sail comes and the noble prince will take you away from here. He’ll take you to the world of your dreams, where you will be loved and happy.”
40 x 50 painting in acrylic
When I want something, I simply want something. No further explanations needed.
Being a bit too proud of my latest acrylic paintings and my new skills, I’ve decided it’s about time to feel bad once again, in order to motivate myself to improve even further. As acrylic and oil painting are so different, and from what I understood, it’s harder to paint in oil, I’ve decided to upgrade.
Buying my first oil set was a special moment. The only thing I could have in mind, was: my first painting has to be an old sail ship at sea. Why? No idea, but I wanted it.
As one of my friends said: “Why make it easy, when you can make it complicated?“. Most people start with a simple flower, but no, I have to start full speed, all engines running. No flower for me, unless is sitting on a sail ship. 🙂
First contact with oil paint was strange, to put it mildly. No more looking for water to quickly rinse my brush, no more finishing a painting in one go, no touching it for at least a few days. Even so, something about it fascinates me. The things you can do with oil, you simply can’t do with acrylic, and that alone is worth it, even if it means retraining myself on how to paint.
After painting one painting in 3 days, because of the different drying times, I must say I learned a lot, but what I’ve learned most of all is patience. You can’t do it all at once, but you can wait for the right moment.
And so I did, and with every brush stroke, I realized my first oil painting, isn’t a complete disaster, how I expected it to be, but it’s turning into something amazing.
For a first try, I amazed myself, and I realized I was right all along to choose a ship at sea, instead of a simple painting. Painting something I really wanted, made me even more motivated to do it right!
Sails up, engines on and full speed ahead into more unknown waters!
Light and shadows are always a challenge in a painting. Located in just the right spot, light either makes the painting realistic or, if placed in the wrong spot, ruins it. Light puts life into the canvas, and tricks the eye into seeing an unrealistic image, in a very realistic way.
Considering this, when you also add the sea into the equation, it can only get more complicated, because of the dynamic nature of water. Water is a mirror for the sky, a very complex one, especially when it’s on the move.
After months of practicing I am very happy to see the results I was hoping for! The right reflection, the right amount of light and even more very well places shadows, in a combination which projects an amazing sunrise at sea!
The voice of the sea speaks to the soul, in colorful shades of warmth
Time lapse video of making the painting:
After experiencing my first tornado, a few days ago, at the Northern Sea, I couldn’t remove from my head the picture of the storm. Being at a safe distance, I could actually appreciate the force and beauty of the natural phenomena.
The force with which it shifted from the road, into the sea, and moved the sea water, creating amazingly beautiful waves, gently moving the passing by ships, determined me to give it a try, and recreate the storm at sea.
The sea was never easy for me to paint and all my previous attempts at it, came out very wrong. Now, after doing a bit of research on how to mix the colors, and which shades go where, I think it came out a bit closer to reality 🙂
Time lapse video, of making the painting, step by step: