Creations, Breaking Waves

Let’s paint today.  Painting is not a mysterious magical process, but rather just a series of steps and layers of colors and shapes…

DSC_0008I usually paint with a very limited palette and mix my own colors. This helps keep the finished work uniform and cohesive

For this painting I used Titantium White, Cerulan blue, Hanza Yellow Light, Cadmium Yellow Medium and Naphthol red light.  I used black gesso for the underpainting

DSC_0007I always paint  the entire canvas with an underpainting, either a complementary color of the main color in the painting or black as for this painting

DSC_0009I slowly added layers of color and shapes, working from a reference photo of the ocean

DSC_0010this canvas is 30″ x 40″

DSC_0011I generally try to complete a painting in one session, to keep the flow and the colors consistent.  The worse thing you can do is overwork a painting.  If you get stuck, walk away for a while, an hour, a day, but not too long or you’ll loose your feel


After laying in the exaggerated colors, I  tone them down so just little highlights of them will show

breaking waves 4 thepaintedapron.comThis painting is for my daughter [by far my pickest client]  who wanted an abstract landscape, to remind her of the coast, mostly gray, to blend in with monochromatic gray decor

breaking waves 5 thepaintedapron.comIt became a little too lavender, so I made some further adjustments

beaking waves thepaintedapron.comThat’s better

breaking waves 2 thepaintedapron.comThis painting took about 3 hours

breaking waves 1 thepaintedapron.comLet’s take it off the easel and see how it looks on the wall

Breaking Waves 6 thepaintedapron.comBelow you can see some details

color detail

Up close you can still see lots of colors peeking through

Breaking Waves 7

which helps create interest and depth

color detail 2

Breaking Waves 8 thepaintedapron.comThanks for painting with me today!


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13 Responses to “Creations, Breaking Waves”
  1. Lynn says:

    I love the little splashes coming off of the upper breaker:@)

  2. Jodi says:


  3. Ellen says:

    I am in awe of your talent. I love this painting!

  4. Emily says:

    This is a beautiful painting Jenna, your daughter will be thrilled. Love the colors you chose, I think this will look fabulous with her gray decor. Lovely…………..

  5. Beautiful, Jenna! I love it!

  6. Rattlebridge Farm says:

    Oh, how beautiful! I’m enjoying your lessons. Have a great rest-of-the-week!

  7. Oh my gosh Jenna…this painting is stunning!!!….Your daughter is so very lucky to have a very talented mom who is able to enhance her home with original and beautiful artwork!

  8. Mary says:

    Jenna, I hope your daughter realizes how lucky she is to have an artist for a mom! I know she’s thrilled to have such a large custom canvas to match her decor! Thanks for the painting tips, it’s been years since I took a paintbrush to a canvas 🙂

  9. milamyk says:

    I love it! I’m all for grey and its shades lately 🙂

  10. Erin says:

    Gorgeous painting! Popped over from The Scoop. Now a fan! I actually loved the painting even when you thought it was too lavender for your daughter! So pretty.

  11. Anonymous says:

    I can’t believe you can sit down and create such beauty so quickly! You are truly an amazing artist.
    Thank you so much for sharing.

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