How Do You Draw the Ocean?

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Sit on the beach…take a walk on the beach…sit on the beach….that was pretty much last week.  The waves are both soothing and mesmerizing.

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I kept thinking:  how did artists paint the ocean before the advent of photography?

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My own drawing attempts were pretty abstract…


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17 responses to “How Do You Draw the Ocean?”

  1. createarteveryday says :

    Boy, soothing and mesmerizing, both great words. We went to the beach last year right after I became obsessed with art and I never was able to answer that question either! I don’t understand how any artist is able to capture it (even while staring at a photograph, but that’s a whole other story). I see calmer and rougher seas in your drawings, which to me are more like “moving pictures”. I hope to see more beach artwork here this week! Did you return to the same place as last year? Oh, I miss NC.

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  2. memadtwo says :

    I’ve always wondered how those old masters painted the ocean so realistically. However, I think I like your abstract drawings just as well. Glad you’re back!


  3. Sand Salt Moon says :

    A friend asked me for a seascape which I am beginning today. Good question, how does one draw the sea. I think we begin by studying it, as you did.

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  4. kirkistan says :

    Love the comparison. That’s hard!

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  5. Sunshine Jansen says :

    Abstract they may be, but line drawings capture the energy and changeability of the ocean in a way I hadn’t imagined before; very cool!

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  6. Marlyn Exconde says :

    you are so amusing and full of fun while your art is delightful and candid


  7. Nicola says :

    I *love* your drawings. My experiences have been similar!

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