|Seafoam with Kelp, 16"x16" watercolor and ink, 2015|
Here is the process I went through.
First, I had this reference photo, and gridded it out for the rough sketch.
|Reference photo from Point Lobos State Beach|
|Pencil sketch on watercolor paper, plus whites saved with masking fluid.|
|First paint layer plus salt.|
|Adding blues and reds after the yellow layer is dry.|
|Adding more layers of color, alternating with layers of masking fluid.|
|Pebbles in a crevice forming with layers of masking fluid.|
I started adding the contrasting black line patterns of the rocks with acrylic ink. I mixed black with some gold and red which looks pretty nice in a good light.
|Its getting there.|
At some point, its hard to resist peeling a little masking fluid off to see what you've got. When I peeled the first bit of foam, I was fairly pleased. But I added some more detail with a light paint for more bubbles, and some white ink for highlights.
|Detail of foam and rocks after removing masking fluid.|
|Final 16 x 20" painting.|
So that's it in a nutshell. I'm happy to answer questions here, or by email at email@example.com