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Painting the sea

Part 3 In the final part of her series, Linda Birch discusses colours and techniques for painting seascapes in oils

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

How to create movement in your painting

How to use coloured grounds

Colour-mixing ideas

There is something about the sea that lends itself to painting in oils. Possibly it’s the way oil tackles the rugged quality of a rough sea, the majesty of crashing waves, or the varied rich colouring of the water that makes it the ideal medium. Living on an island we are never that far from the sea, which has made this subject an inspiration for many British painters.

I learnt to paint in oils before any other medium, and it has always been my favourite. I also was born by, lived by and sailed on the sea in my early years.

Choosing grounds

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About Leisure Painter

Welcome to the July issue of Leisure Painter, aimed at beginners and amateur painters. Subjects covered this month include landscapes, seascapes, urban scenes, portraits, wild and domesticated animals and birds, flowers and natural still lifes. We introduce a short series on painting buildings in pastel and there are also two new painting projects to try: learn how to simplify a busy harbour scene and paint a portrait of a roe deer. From techniques and colours for painting rain, puddles and reflections in acrylic and painting natural textures in watercolour to drawing exercises and step-by-step demonstrations for you to try, we aim to include something for everyone in each issue.