land·wash [land-wosh, -wawsh]
I've painted this using acrylics and they can be good and bad to use. My technique mostly involves glazes of thin paint and sometimes some slow dry blending medium to help the process of keeping edges soft.
This piece is a work in progress on my blog and I thought I'd share what I have to date here. The canvas is a 3/4 inch gallery canvas 12 x 36" and works well for the format of the wave, leading the viewer's eye across the surface.
There is still work to be done on the water surface, the detail of the wave itself and the texture of the sand/gravel of the foreground. I usually have a couple of pieces on the go at the same time so that I can go back and forth every day or two between them, giving me a chance to view and adjust with fresh eyes.
Here is the transition of how the piece was built so far, with some detail pieces for those who like to step in closer and see 'how did she do that?'