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Painting the sea

Part 2 How to use a multitude of watercolour techniques to paint the sea in all its moods, by Linda Birch
Photograph of the sea of Galilee, showing bright sunlit water. See opposite for my painting of the scene.

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How to paint aerial perspective and add contrast to your work

How to paint realistic effects by using masking fluid, the scrapingout technique and gouache

The beauty and terrifying power of the sea has always been an inspiration for painters, writers, musicians and poets. Its movement and restlessness is seen as an analogy for our own lives; we talk of turbulence and calm about ourselves in the same terms we use for the sea’s own activity. In this second article I want to look at ways of painting the sea in watercolour, in particular, aerial recession, painting the sea in relation to land, reflections and the effects of light on water.

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About Leisure Painter

Welcome to the June issue of Leisure Painter. Aimed at beginner and amateur painters, you will find everything from watercolour flowers, animals and landscapes to introductions to water-mixable oils and miniature portraits, coloured pencil techniques for drawing a still life with just four colours, drawing ideas, step-by-step acrylics and oils, and a scratchboard demonstration of a cat. Find out about the latest exhibitions, books and art club activities and join in our competitions to win fantastic prizes.