How to Paint a Coastal Scene

How to Paint a Coastal Scene

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This dramatic beach scene with its moody sky and sunlit foreground has everything needed to make it a very attractive painting, without the need for a great variety of content. The smoothness of elements within the majority of the painting make this an ideal project for the beginner and intermediate artist, with the long beach grasses adding the contrast between softness and detail. The simple composition draws you in to the landscape as your eye follows the waterline to the horizon. In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a photo realistic painting which will include how I blend colours in order to get a smooth transition of hue and tone and how I get the sharpness of brush strokes needed for the grass. The techniques learned in this tutorial will give you a firm foundation for more complex subjects.

Best of luck,
Michael

Difficulty: Beginner
Painting Size: 13 x 13
Brushes used in this lesson: Michael James Smith Professional Brush Set

In August 2019 Michael switched brush manufacturers and as a result the series numbers/names are different in some of the lessons. In order to be able to complete the lessons regardless of which set you’re using we have put together a chart which lists the equivalent brushes from both sets.

Acrylic paints used in this lesson:
Titanium White
Cadmium Orange
Cerulean Blue
Ivory Black
Cadmium Yellow Medium
Dioxazine Purple
Sap Green

Oil paints used in this Lesson:
Titanium White
Cadmium Yellow Light
Cobalt Blue
Sap Green
Burnt Sienna
Winsor Yellow
Dioxazine Purple
Cerulean blue
Yellow Ochre
Ivory Black

Thinner:
White Spirit

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How to Paint a Coastal Scene

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