How To Paint A Rocky Seascape On A Rainy Day

This watercolor lesson is about painting a rocky shoreline seascape. It’s kind of a gloomy day at the coast in this painting. To catch the look of a gloomy, rainy day, we’ll use neutrals and neutralized colors. And we’ll get some good texture on our rocks and in the water by using Rough paper.

Painting Rocks Over Water

Seascapes, and especially ocean water, is an intimidating subject for many folks.  In this lesson, we’ll tackle a seacape but make it a little easier by focusing on rocks and atmosphere more than the ocean itself.

Our subject is really the strength and texture of the rocks so we’re going to use materials, colors and techniques that highlight their character.

Special Focus On Neutrals and Texture

Since we are focusing on the character of the rocks, we’ll try to create an environment that will bring focus to them. That means minimizing water and waves, while contrasting textures and values.

Setting our ‘weather’ as a bit stormy will let us work with neutrals and neutralized color and also let us keep most of the open ocean water soft and out of focus.

At the same time, we’ll want to really contrast the rough texture of the rocks against the soft texture of the stormy sky and misty ocean.  One way to get great textural effect is with rough paper.  If you aren’t familiar with rough paper, this is a great lesson to give it a try!

Drawing Layout For Any Painting

One note on the drawing layout. The downloadable layouts are done with heavy lines to make it easy to see and copy onto your watercolor paper. It is best not to draw the lines too heavy on your paper, especially in the sky, since there is a good chance the lines will show through the paint. It’s not a deal-breaker, but those heavy pencil lines are sometimes a distraction.

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