How to Paint the Ocean in Oils – Large Seascape Painting “Beginnings” by Eva Volf

This painting time lapse shows the process of creating my new large ocean oil painting “Beginnings”. The original seascape painting measures 60×48 inches and is in private collection now.

Please note: any paintings created using my tutorials are not viable to sell. This is a copyright issue.

I used a reference photo I took on a cloudy morning on Cape Hatteras in the Outer Banks, North Carolina.
Here I offer an insight into my technique and hope that all my artist-friends will find it useful or at least entertaining. I strongly urge you not to make copies of this painting for commercial use (as it is copyrighted) but you’re most welcome to try out some techniques I taught myself over the years, like my absolute favorite one – finger painting the sky.
I used the following colors to create this moody ocean painting:
titanium white, ultramarine blue, viridian, burnt umber, Payne’s gray, cadmium yellow, Prussian blue, a touch of premixed Portland warm gray (can be easily mixed). I also used Liquin as a medium. This painting took me 5 sessions x 4 hours and I let it dry completely in between them.

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Soundtrack: Shimmering Waves by the Euclidean Stairway.

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