Saturday, 15 January 2011

Splash No. 1

 
This is the first of my series of water paintings that I intend to complete over the course of this year.  The final number has not been decided and I refuse to pressure myself.  They will simply happen.

This is painted on 10 x 14 canvas board in acrylics.  Mostly I am happy with it as I believe it gives a good impression of moving water and its impact on rocks.  A part of me thinks its a little too smooth or polished.

Getting the splash of the wave was challenging. I didn't want a mass of solid white and the intricacies of foam and water breaking up takes a fair bit of concentration to pull off in detail.  Here is a cropped version of water pouring over one of the rocks for those who like to see more detail.

Now to decide what the next water piece will be!

10 comments:

annie said...

Jeanette, that spray is absolutely explosive.

annie

black bear cabin said...

absolutely stunning! i LOVE it!!!!

Sarah Wimperis said...

Ooh splashy, we are all cookin on gas! This is great Jeanette, bet it looks brill in real life

Katherine Tyrrell said...

Almost more impressive that that very realistic spray is the colour and volume of the water moving over the rocks which I find mesmirising and very difficult to do in equal parts!

Africantapestry and Myfrenchkitchen said...

Great splashes Jeanette...the most fascinarting part(along with reflections) of water...you did a nice job and we'll be on the look out for the next ones...and what do you mean ..no pressure...pressure is good..hehe!
Ronell

Capt. Suz Wallace, MFA said...

I think you've captured the moment, frozen in time & space, yet you have given life to the power and plume......
Capt.suz

Jeanette said...

I'm glad it reads that way Annie. I didn't want it to feel plastic-like.

Black bear, thank you.

We are indeed Sarah, must be the new year vibes. Yes, it does look better in real life. I wish I could get an image that really shows the depth.

Katherine, it took forever to do that spray to my liking. There are such subtle changes in light and value when water moves over rocks. Its quite fascinating. I'm sure I could tweak it forever too, but I won't!

You're right Ronell, the details that make up the complex parts of water are the most fascinating.

And I agree, pressure is required to push us along.

vivien said...

ooh there's real observation of how waves move in this - the spray is wonderful and so is that glassy swell that's washing over the rocks

you've got to do more of these!

Sarah Wimperis said...

I think you should do a whole bunch of these paintings and when you show them add sound and feed everyone oysters

Laureline said...

The colors are perfect, Jeanette! And the movement is divine. Really, really well done. Can't wait to see more!