Turn A Sketch Into A Quiet Seascape Painting

 Develop Shapes, Colors and Values For A Finished Painting

In this lesson, we start with a simple, quick seascape sketch and develop it into a finished painting. We go through the process step-by-step making it an easy lesson. We start with a quick sketch.  It’s better to have that as a start – click the link below to create the quick sketch.

Start With A Sketch, Finish With A Painting

In this lesson, we start with a completed two-minute sketch and develop it into a finished seascape painting. We’ll develop the unfinished sky and foreground, show light and form on the rocks and create reflections in the water.

The subject is a quiet seascape scene with gentle light falling on the water and rocks.  The quick sketch may seem frantic and off-putting. Finishing it off is a skill-builder of its own – using a deliberate, thoughtful approach with washes and mark making to create solid form and structure to the rocks and enhancing the reflections in the water.

Seascape As Subject

A once popular subject among artists, the seascape has lost some favor. Newer methods and techniques favor other subjects. There is also the intimidation factor – oceans and moving ocean water seems difficult and complex.

This lesson features methods and techniques that make it easy to represent a calm ocean quickly and simply.

The Essence Of Subject

The real key to capturing any subject in any medium is simplification and a focus on its essence.  For any subject with water horizontalness and reflectivity are key ‘essences’.  Both are easily represented by well considered, horizontal brush strokes. Get some practice with each in this lesson.

Rocks, whether along a coastline or as an element of a landscape scene also have key elements that support the right look in a painting.  Angular shape and rough texture are two of these. Practice on both are also offered in this lesson.

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