Painting tutorial of ocean scene

As you have been following my artwork blog, you may have noticed that I do series of similar paintings in a few weeks. I have found this to be a great way to grow as an artist. I have been trying to work out problems of creating what is in my head on canvas and there are always surprises and disappointments as well as victories. Planning a strategy from lessons you learn from the last painting is important. I like to take cell phone photos of the progression of the painting and analyze each step. It also helps me remember the path to a certain look for later studies. I start with a couple layers of tinted gesso. Let that dry for a day. Then, sketch the basic drawing with charcoal. Then, I mixed an opposite color to the peach background to map in the shapes of the waves, This is done with a large brush from the hardware store. This brush is old but cared for and has the right stiffness. Next, I start adding other colors mixed with white and unbleached titanium. I like to mix the colors and create the color I need. This is a 36x36" gallery wrap so I frequently stand back, sit in my rocking chair to analyze. Putting in the whites and the foam is done in a fast rolling the brush manner (I like a stiff flat brush) . Sometimes I reintroduce the peach gesso for highlights. Also, I use blue painters tape to clarify and straighten the horizon and paint to the edge of the tape giving a nice line. I decided I liked the abstract expressionism of my painting so did not go further in the realism spectrum. Final white touched made with thick white brings the reflections out.
As you have been following my artwork blog, you may have noticed that I do series of similar paintings in a few weeks. I have found this to be a great way to grow as an artist. I have been trying to work out problems of creating what is in my head on canvas and there are always surprises and disappointments as well as victories.
Planning a strategy from lessons you learn from the last painting is important. I like to take cell phone photos of the progression of the painting and analyze each step. It also helps me remember the path to a certain look for later studies.
I start with a couple layers of tinted gesso. Let that dry for a day. Then, sketch the basic drawing with charcoal. Then, I mixed an opposite color to the peach background to map in the shapes of the waves, This is done with a large brush from the hardware store. This brush is old but cared for and has the right stiffness. Next, I start adding other colors mixed with white and unbleached titanium. I like to mix the colors and create the color I need. This is a 36×36″ gallery wrap so I frequently stand back, sit in my rocking chair to analyze. Putting in the whites and the foam is done in a fast rolling the brush manner (I like a stiff flat brush) . Sometimes I reintroduce the peach gesso for highlights. Also, I use blue painters tape to clarify and straighten the horizon and paint to the edge of the tape giving a nice line. I decided I liked the abstract expressionism of my painting so did not go further in the realism spectrum. Final white touched made with thick white brings the reflections out.

calm sea 36x36b