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Acrylics Painting Tutorial – How to paint a seascape?

Acrylics Painting Tutorial with Video

How to paint a seascape in acrylics?

This time I decided I would film my painting process and I used my camera. I filmed how to paint a seascape on canvas. I used my Nikon 3100 and I found out that this type of camera can only film 10 minutes, so I had to film everything in around 6 videos.

Next time I will edit the videos and glue everything together because editing each video on Youtube is a bit of a waste of time. Anyway, I also edited them to play in timelapse, so the real speed of the video would be at around 0.5. Each video is around 5 minutes long.

I will also publish here the playlist with the videos. I got inspiration from lessons of Bob Ross. He is a famous painter and has valuable lessons for those who wish to learn to paint. I picked the “Waves of Wonder” episode from season 15. it’s a painting with waves, clouds, and beach.

Painting steps:

  1. I split the canvas into two using paper tape. This way I could paint the clouds without going over the horizon line.
  2. I started with the sunny side of the sky, using a Primary Blue – Cyan. I tried to do this part uniformly.
  3. I left the clouds part unpainted and I started with the shadows of the clouds. The light comes from the left side, so the shadows are more visible on the right.
  4. After that, I applied Titanium white for the highlighted parts of the cloud.
  5. To blend the colors and give the soft look of the clouds, I used a damp brush and carefully mixed the colors. I used just the tip of the brush and made circular moves.
  6. Next, I traced where I thought that the focus object of my painting should be, and that is the wave.
  7. With a mix of blue, black and turquoise I traced the sea next to the horizon.
  8. For the main wave, I used Primary Yellow mixed with a little Titanium white. To blend it with the blue and turquoise below I used the same technique as I used for the clouds.
  9. With a smaller brush, I applied white for the foam.
  10. Using a palette knife I applied Carbon Black and Cyan Brown to create the hard and edgy rocks. I used yellow and white to highlight them in the upper part.
  11. In the end, I used a small brush to create the waves that touch the shore.

I enjoyed creating this painting, also in this video. I learned new things about blending colors and using different types of brushes.

My niece sat beside me for a while, and she was pleased by what she was seeing. She told me she believes I could teach people to paint just sitting like that and painting. She is my sweetheart.

Thank you for reading.
Enjoy the videos!

Acrylics painting Video tutorial

I'm Cristina, the admin and author of this blog. I love art and life.

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