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1. Find a location that has a constantly
moving element. This can be water,
clouds, and so on.
2. Pack a very portable setup of materials
that you can t in a small bag for easy
travel.
3. Observe your landscape choice and
then begin to coordinate your move-
ments of the brushstrokes with the
movement of the forms (g. 1).
4. Keep the colors simple, and experiment
with the layering of the marks and colors
until you reach the desired effect (g. 2).
portable watercolor paints
small piece of watercolor
paper
brushes
small water container
Materials
If at first you don’t
succeed, try, try, again.”
—Thomas H. Palmer
This is an interesting exercise because it forces you to embody the feeling of water through
gesture rather than photorealistic accuracy because the water is constantly moving. The
example shown here was created on beautiful Block Island in Rhode Island, where the
pristine seashore provides endless inspiration and beauty.
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Painting by the Sea
Waterworks:
Fig. 1
Above: Motion study #2, watercolor on paper
Top left: Motion study #1, watercolor on paper
Let’s Go!
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Paint Lab
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On-the-Go Painting
For painting on location keep your
materials lightweight and basic. Don’t
forget a hat, sunscreen, perhaps some
bug spray, and something to drink.
Take It Further
Try incorporating an overlay of stop-
motion imagery on top of this painting to
create another veil of movement that
begins to juxtapose the landscape (see
“Lab 26”).
1. Find a location that has a constantly
moving element. This can be water,
clouds, and so on.
2. Pack a very portable setup of materials
that you can t in a small bag for easy
travel.
3. Observe your landscape choice and
then begin to coordinate your move-
ments of the brushstrokes with the
movement of the forms (g. 1).
4. Keep the colors simple, and experiment
with the layering of the marks and colors
until you reach the desired effect (g. 2).
Painting by the Sea
Fig. 1
Fig. 2
Let’s Go!
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Paint Lab
WHERE: a S E nSE of PL acE
94
1. Find a location that has a constantly
moving element. This can be water,
clouds, and so on.
2. Pack a very portable setup of materials
that you can t in a small bag for easy
travel.
3. Observe your landscape choice and
then begin to coordinate your move-
ments of the brushstrokes with the
movement of the forms (g. 1).
4. Keep the colors simple, and experiment
with the layering of the marks and colors
until you reach the desired effect (g. 2).
portable watercolor paints
small piece of watercolor
paper
brushes
small water container
Materials
If at first you don’t
succeed, try, try, again.”
—Thomas H. Palmer
This is an interesting exercise because it forces you to embody the feeling of water through
gesture rather than photorealistic accuracy because the water is constantly moving. The
example shown here was created on beautiful Block Island in Rhode Island, where the
pristine seashore provides endless inspiration and beauty.
3
5
LAB
Painting by the Sea
Waterworks:
Fig. 1
Above: Motion study #2, watercolor on paper
Top left: Motion study #1, watercolor on paper
Let’s Go!
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Paint Lab
WHERE: a S E nSE of PL acE
95
On-the-Go Painting
For painting on location keep your
materials lightweight and basic. Don’t
forget a hat, sunscreen, perhaps some
bug spray, and something to drink.
Take It Further
Try incorporating an overlay of stop-
motion imagery on top of this painting to
create another veil of movement that
begins to juxtapose the landscape (see
“Lab 26”).
1. Find a location that has a constantly
moving element. This can be water,
clouds, and so on.
2. Pack a very portable setup of materials
that you can t in a small bag for easy
travel.
3. Observe your landscape choice and
then begin to coordinate your move-
ments of the brushstrokes with the
movement of the forms (g. 1).
4. Keep the colors simple, and experiment
with the layering of the marks and colors
until you reach the desired effect (g. 2).
Painting by the Sea
Fig. 1
Fig. 2
Let’s Go!
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