Monday, March 17, 2014

At The Wedge

At The Wedge
Image Size 22" x 30"
Watercolor

The Wedge is a surfing spot in Newport Beach next to the jetty.  When the direction of the waves is just right, they hit the jetty and bounce off creating a second wave.  These waves can be exciting for surfers but also dangerous.  I went there the day after our recent storm hoping to capture some awesome waves for paintings but it was pretty flat.  It was a windy day and I took pictures of disappointingly small waves for about 15 minutes.  Just as I was leaving, about 5 large waves came in so I was able to get a few pictures of some bigger ones.  Of course, I was hoping for some 20 to 30 foot waves but I had to be happy with waves that were about 5 feet.  I'll have to start watching the surf reports I guess and try again later.

This is watercolor on a full size sheet of Arches 140# paper.  It was really a fun painting to do.  I like to add borders when I do my silk paintings but rarely add them to my watercolors.  I decided to do an ombre feeling with the brown going from light to dark and do light to dark in the opposite direction with the blue.  I'm trying to decide if I want to make the blue spots vary to a bit darker blue or leave them as they are now.  What do you think?

8 comments:

  1. Bonjour chère amie,

    C'est toujours agaçant effectivement d'attendre un événement qu'on voudrait photographier... On espère et parfois rien arrive...
    Toujours est-il que je trouve fabuleux cette aquarelle avec cette vague. On dirait que l'océan respire... c'est à ça qu'elle me fait penser. J'aime ce mouvement et cette puissance. C'est captivant !
    Le cadre est aussi incroyable...
    Gros bisous

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  2. Gorgeous waves you've captured, Nancy. I love how you handle the translucency of the water.

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    1. Thank you Sherry. Painting water is always fun for me.

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  3. Dear Nancy - this is such a beautiful painting. I think you really captured the feel of the surf...read your previous post too dear. So very sorry about your sweet boy. I have been there my friend and so understand that loss. Please take care and know you are not alone.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind comment Debbie.

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  4. Like a lot the waves and the story, ever wanted to surf? Colors are great and show the gradations from light to dark water colors. My vote is to do darker blue throughout the whole border.

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    1. I tried surfing once when I was in high school and was bruised from head to toe. I am really bad when it comes to anything athletic.

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