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Watercolor mimics the organic nature of waves and sand with playful washes and puddles of color.


Explore two ways to understand water and sand in any ocean scene. This will help you paint plein air or in the studio in any media.

Study 1 shows how to paint wet sand by manipulating bars of value with minimal color shift (mostly gray tones).

Study 2 shows aqua waves and deep blue water with white foam on a sunny day.

Find a collection of photos or work from memory to start re-designing with beach shapes. Painting only from a photo can lead to stiff 'uptight' waves with no motion implied. Think of variety and unity when working with beach shapes... they can be wonderful for fostering creativity.

Ocean Grays Reference Photo