July 17, 2007

At the Sea

Went to the sea a few days ago and although it wasn't cloudy and it wasn't cold, this is the picture that I painted after I got home...I saw this woman standing off in the distance and I just liked the way she looked so I painted her, as quickly as I could, while I was there. After I returned home, I painted in the background and the shoreline. I'm still learning how to paint the ocean so that it appears to "move". I think I have a problem where the water comes to a point in the middle, didn't catch that till after I posted this, oops! Playing with the breaking waves at the edge of the shore was fun and I really liked the finished shoreline. Any suggestions on painting the sea would be gladly taken!


Blogger Jana Bouc said...

Tami this is fabulous! So expressive! I like the combination of the stillness of the woman and the movement in the sea. I had to really search for that point in the sea--I didn't notice it at all. The waves are wonderful. The colors, the womans posture and the whole piece remind me of a Seurat Impressionist painting.

9:49 PM  
Blogger Africantapestry said...

Wonderful Tami! Your woman epitomizes exactly what we all do by the sea....stare into the distance and dream/wonder/wish. Your sea is lovely too, with the refelctions playing on the water and the waves breaking at the woman's feet. I can't see the problem point in the sea either? Lovely painting!

12:26 AM  
Blogger biteyourowntail said...

Seurat - yes that's who I thought of too - and speaking of the impressionists that's who I'd have a look at to get help with the sea (I struggle with water too, it's a very tough challenge) tey really all of them, see who you like. Or David Hockney, for a more contemporary version of water. He's dedicated a large portion of his painting life to trying to solve how to depict water in various settings. I look at his work regularly

12:47 AM  
Blogger Lin said...


4:29 AM  
Blogger Teri C said...

I love everything about it, the woman looking at the sea, the beautiful water. It has such a peaceful feel to it.

6:47 AM  
Blogger Linda said...

Tami, I really love the stillness of the figure in this painting! I'm also working on learning to paint the sea -- it changes every time you look at it, which makes it really tough! The only thing I see (after looking a bit) is that you might scrub out a few horizontal bits of the darkest sand under the wave to make it look more like there's a reflection of the sky on the wet sand. Otherwise, I like that it really does remind me of one of the famous Impressionists paintings -- Seurat just may be the one. Look at his Bathers piece; although it is in oil, it has the same quality. Maybe more horizontal movement?? Anyway, this is a great piece! Thanks for sharing it with us!

1:51 PM  
Blogger Tami said...

Thank you, All of you for your great support and encouraging comments!

2:24 PM  
Blogger Alison said...

Lovely composition - I love the cliffs in the distance. Perhaps the sea gets a bit more hazy in the distance?

6:18 PM  
Blogger Serena said...

A wonderfully, serene painting!

3:07 PM  
Blogger Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

This tells a story. Reminds me of the French Lietenant's Woman and that poem by Hardy about her looking out to sea.

7:27 PM  

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