Good day to you all. Greetings from central Florida. A lot of my paintings come from dream sequences I have. This one was no different.
I haven't been to the beach in months. For some reason, I've been dreaming about the full moon rising over the ocean lately. I've been wanting to paint a seascape for about six months now, but struggled with certain aspects of painting a seascape. Mainly, the shoreline parts. I've done many lake/landscape paintings & have no difficulty with the shore lines in those paintings. Mostly because I've developed a cool technique where the water meets the land and grassy areas.
I decided to do some practice run throughs of just the shorelines. After sessioning out a couple of hours of painting only shorelines, lo and behold: I finally crossed that barrier. I was ready to paint my almighty seascape masterpiece. Wink wink. That was a joke incase you were wondering. Although I was quite pleased with the end result.
I did manage to get into this very cool moonrise painting on wood. I wanted to capture that dreamy, moody, hazy full moon night sky that I kept envisioning from my dreams. so I kept the colors dark for the sky. Mostly shades of blues & black & white... I had a great time creating the full moon lit sky. I used Ultramarine Blue, Pthalo Blue, Black, and White for the sky.
When I finally got down into the shore line and sandy areas, I wanted to go for a hypnotic effect. But, I also wanted to brighten the theme up just a bit. I added more colors: Raw Sienna, Yellow Ochre, Cad Yellow. I don't like working with just Cad Yellow. It's amazing the range of colors you can achieve when mixing with the different hues of yellow.
I did some heavy blending and achieved the result for the shoreline I was looking for. I've been trying to achieve this blurry/hypnotic effect for some time now to actually do a "full painting" with. Out of nowhere, I saw the effect come to life as I was creating the shoreline. I heard that little painting voice in my head saying, "Go with it. Go with it." So, I went with it, and I was glad with the results of the contrast of the waves versus the shore line.
It still amazes me how one painting can lead to another. Now that I know the secret to getting that blurred out, hypnotic feeling, I can apply to other paintings...Including some smaller versions of this "Dreamy Ocean Moonrise"
COLORS I USED: TITANIUM WHITE ULTRAMARINE BLUE PTHALO BLUE MIDNIGHT BLACK YELLOW OCHRE RAW SIENNA
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