Monday, May 23, 2016

Inspiration: Waves

N.C. Wyeth

I've been working on a painting lately that has some water in it, so I've been looking at a lot of ocean themed paintings to get inspired. Here are some favorites I've come across that I thought our readers might enjoy as well.

Dan Adel

Dan Adel

Dan Adel

Dan Adel

Hokusai


Donato Giancola

Winslow Homer

Ivan Aivazovsky

10 comments:

  1. Don't forget Carl Evers...best watercolor water ever. (That sounds repetitive.)

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  2. Dan - do you know Ruo Li's work? Especially to see up close and in person - it's actually loose! (only viewed online, his work might be misinterpreted as being very rendered, but it's really not!)

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    1. I do now. Those are fantastic.

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  3. Edward Minoff does quite nice seascapes as well.

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  4. The Watercolors of Anders Zorn don't have a lot of waves, but they do have a lot of water (boat scenes, etc...), and that man could paint water like no-ones business.

    That Homer painting is one of my favorite paintings ever, and those Adel waves are spectacular!

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  5. All great choices to look at. The Homer is one we had hanging as a print in our house growing up. I would stare at it for long periods just mesmerized. It certainly was a huge influence on me as an artist. I have seen some Ruo Li paintings in life and Vanessa is right they are actually loose and quite painterly but in a structured manner which is their appeal. The Adel's are so dramatic I remember reading an interview about this series and he said something along the lines of thinking of waves as having a sculptural quality. I am paraphrasing from memory.
    I could list bunches of my favorites.
    You might want to see this blog, no longer updated, just to see a wide variety in one place.
    http://marineoilpaintings.blogspot.com/

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  6. I'm just now conquering my fabric fears. Be a while before I tackle a maelstrom I feel. lol

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  8. Pyle's illustration captures the awe...

    https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Attack_on_a_Galleon.jpg

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