I recently went out to the beach to do a study of the ocean water, and I came up with a method to paint it in a way that I believe will give you reliable results. Check it out and let me know what you think!
First thing you should do is put down dark washes that are the color of the planes of the waves facing you.
Next you can put the color of the planes of the water facing the sky. In this case it’s a deep mid-tone blue.
The underpainting colors weren’t dark and rich enough, so I decided to repaint them darker and thicker.
The next step is to add the lighter planes of the water that face the sky to add more dimension to the waves.
Next, add the color and shapes of the churning surf. Be careful not to make them too light or too white. They were sort of a greyish-yellow.
Final step: Add the small highlights, which are going to be the lightest parts of the painting.
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Hope that helps you in your next seascape adventure!