24x18 Acrylic on Canvas
The reference image for this painting of the Caribbean ocean had a sense of brilliant light that I hoped to capture on canvas. From past work, I realized the importance of developing a section of contrasting dark values, while ensuring lighter shades of blue are showing through. Thinking about the goal ahead of time was essential for the outcome, because it is often a challenge to change the layers once applied.
I started the painting with medium and deep blue colors, along with subtle green tones. The foreground corner appears almost black. This process was opposite of what I've done in the past, as similar seascapes contain a darker horizon line. Additionally, I experimented with a clean palette knife to obtain the “whitest” white on the horizon. It also worked well for adding texture in the waves.
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