Today I did another exercise following a painter on YouTube. Again I wanted to look at light and highlights.
This video is by a chap called Mural Joe.
What I wanted to concentrate on in this exercise is how to get the wave to look like it has light coming through it. I applied the same rules as I did on the mountain study for glowing light – I made the sections where I wanted light to glow through the water lighter and of a stronger colour (in this case a blue/green).
I painted this in gouache. I began with a simple background gradient:
Then I painted in the wave and then had incredible fun playing with painting the foam in the foreground. I really loved working on that bit!
Here’s how it turned out:
I’m really pleased with this painting. I can see some improvements I would make if I painted it again – like I would work on the curvle of the wave as it falls in the centre of the picture making that fall more gradual from left to right. I would also put the main wave higher in the picture next time so there is more room for all that fun with the foam on the receeding wave. Generally thought I like this one. 🙂