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How To Paint Abstract Seascapes & Boats

Robert Joyner, Making Art Fun

How To Paint Abstract Seascapes & Boats

Robert Joyner, Making Art Fun

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2 Lessons (12m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Demonstration

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About This Class

In this class you will learn how I created a loose & abstract style seascape using acrylics and mixed media. I will cover some of the basic fundamentals all artists need as I demonstrate a step-by-step process for building up a painting. It's this building process that adds structure and form, but more importantly it allows the expressive artist opportunities to create abstract qualities.

It's a delicate balance but you too can be painting expressive seascapes in no time!

Who Is This For?

Anyone that wants to build a solid acrylic painting foundation but add some spice to the mix. But you have to be willing to go-for-it. This will come with experience and skills. A lot of this you will gain in this class,

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Robert Joyner

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1. Introduction: Hi there. I'm Robert Joyner, and welcome to how to paint an abstract Seascape and this short but informative class, I will give you a complete demonstration, a step bust up, how to create a loose and expressive Seascape using acrylics and mixed media and the techniques I show you. It's just one simple approach. The idea behind the classes to get you to think differently. Yes, art knees, good fundamentals. A solid foundation for form, structure, drawing light and shadow. But you also have to know when to go for it. And I hope that this class delivers exactly that it will give you. It will reinforce a lot of the basic fundamentals of painting and then show you where you can start to take liberty and express yourself in ways you never knew existed. This class is suited for beginner all the way to advance painters with an open mind and a positive attitude. You, too, can be painting loose and expressive Seascapes and no time. So if you're ready to take that plunge to try something new and exciting and wrote a day, I hope to see you on the inside again. I'm Robert Joyner. I love the paint loose, and I love the create expressive Seascapes. Cheers 2. Demonstration: and this demonstration, I will use a reject painting. Here on my palette have titanium, white lizard, crimson yellow, iron oxide, ridean, cobalt, violet, surly and blue and some Indian yellow. So, uh, you can see starting loose. Throwing some breads down here means we'll throw some yellows, works a little slow truly and making this reject even worse. Okay, so now I'm throwing in a little dark where that boot could be. OK, I've got some yellows going here, so I'm going to throw down some darks there. And I know there's a yellow boat here, but you know what? I've already used up my yellow, so I'll make that one violet on. Good. I'm gonna go into my whites. Little So Ruli, in a little touch of red will touch a green form or red I'll start laying in the whites of some of the wheelhouse areas. Things like that works and just splashing that around as I go again. Not not getting too locked in to what I have okay? Or not getting falling in love with what I have. Okay. And now the light in the images coming from this way. Okay, So my light sources over here, that's all. Use that for by throughout the painting. I'm just now adding the reflections of these darker colors and to the water and a little bit darker value to these whites to indicate a shadow. And that's good. I think I want to take a little bit this yellow iron oxide. This a transparent yellow iron oxide. So I kind of indicate a little doc there. Now, I'm just trickling that yellow down into the water. Reflections have some blue crayon, and I want to indicate some little rigging and different things that are happening up here . So look at my image. Okay, so maybe there's, ah, something happening on the dog here and kind of cool some of that chaos down into the water , keeping a cohesive. I want to a little bit better sense of light hitting the white of the wheelhouse area. So I'm gonna go right into my titanium white. This is just say Abi, but number 12 round just going to indicate you know, just where maybe this light could be hitting that boot. This is a more of a square looking wheelhouse, but that's OK, you know, I think and it's not much light on that wheel house, but I'm gonna put more light on than what's there and maybe some things catching light over here. And this is a really low riding wheelhouse. I'm just dying. Going toe put much. Emerson, put something on top lettering or something on this boat. I'm just going drag some of that down into the water here and just added some abstract stuff. And Teoh Harbor area there. This is just an outline. Er brush a number 10. I'm gonna go with my crimson. A little bit of my meridian. I just want to anchor these boats into the water. Maybe add a feeling off some windows or something going on There on may be a little shadow there and fun so you can see right away. I mean, I've already got something happening there. Nice and loose. Now, I'm just going to take a moment and digest what I have is important to stop. Look, you have to observe sometimes what's going on in order to move forward. Okay. I'm gonna take a few minutes and do that. I'll be right back. So now I'm just mixing up a little bit of my transparent, a little bit of my yellowish green color. It's one test that that's pretty good. I just want to get that feeling of, ah, of a dock area or something that's happening here. Now I want to grab a little bit larger brush and we're going to some my dark so little red little ridean and this kind of anchor a few of these boats a little bit of reddish color to this violet, a little bit of green and just add some darkness back in their build up this color here with the yellows greens just to make that a little more believable kind of Sprinkle that in . And now I'm just going to capture a few edges, a few hard edges where these outriggers and stuff would be. I kind of pull that down this a little bit. And to the reflections take a little bit of my white and with this kind of great touch it that works pretty good and just get that feeling of lightened shadow There that's going tie that color in a little bit. Get back into my darks. Um, maybe add a little shadow here. Now I'm gonna take my blue against I like how that was working over here. It's gonna get this feeling of Ah, and just just something happening there on the dock. I want to make this color a little more interesting. So a little bit of my Indian yellow yellow iron oxide. I just have some lights working over here where the white is anyway. And that's good. Maybe there's something there. And now I can just touch that in works. I'm gonna smooth out those shadows or the reflections. Good. Now I want to add some line work. I'm good, Good in some darks here on May. Maybe I want to just indicate a few more windows and it's still a little splash down here and there. These boats have, like a little bit of a white railing and all types of cool stuff again, you got to be careful not to go too far with it. And little more darks here. I just want to kind of anchor that boot and little green Little Red Graham, a small out liner. Again, I'm again. Some of my whites get into my greens. Maybe just to change it up a little bit and we'll lose my brush up, but again really water down And I can put kind of feeling of ropes and little green low Saru lian just kind of cap for that feeling of some reflections Nice and loose kind Blocked that out and drag it back and forth, up and down. And now just take a little bit of time Evaluate what I have and decide if I need anything else See back. Oh, no, not bad. I want to add a little bit of a war of lighter tones up in here. And I got plenty to work with because I have all this rigging and things that are going on . It was still too heavy up in here in terms of color, I think, by adding it just that feeling of some lighter values and stuff in here up there, I can ah, basically break that down a little bit. Not not as heavy. I'm just gonna go back with some really crisp whites here. So maybe something there outline there. So, having gone too far, I think that looks really interesting. I think it captures, you know, that feeling of the energy of the boats. You know, the kind of grunge. You get near the docks and seeing all this lovely stuff. And that's really what I wanted. You know? I didn't want it to be exactly like the image. I wanted to have a personal expression there. I can paint boots all day. Just a subject I have a connection to. Hopefully for you. You have a little more inspiration to use those rejects. Don't throw him away. I hope you enjoyed it. So you in the next.