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Another Seashore Attempt!

by Jane
(Suffok Uk)

The sands of time

The sands of time

I'm still trying to capture the lovely clear inshore water that Mark creates so easily.

I painted the beach and originally I put wading birds along the shoreline, but they just looked unreal and somewhat boring ... so I painted them out and spent a few weeks just pondering what to do to finish it.

Finally I happened to see a young couple scribing their names together on a beach and came up with the "I love you" words ... but I'm not sure whether it's a bit cheesy or too much of a cliche? What do you think?

Frankie - I still can't get the transparency of Mark's water ... am I putting too many layers of paint on? Any ideas or comments?

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Jan 08, 2014
Thank you ... NEW
by: Anonymous

Thank you for your kind and constructive comments everyone and thanks for the help Mark ... it makes absolute sense! I'm going to have another go.

I'm currently on holiday on a tiny island called La Gomera in the Canary Islands. The sun is warm and the sea is very blue and clear but the rock is volcanic and hence the sand / substrate is black!

Happy New Year everyone!


Jan 02, 2014
Clarity NEW
by: Mark

Hi Jane,
I like to try and simplify everything. Bottom line is, if you want the water to be clearer, show more of the bottom. Of course, refraction shows up on the bottom, so that in short is the formula. More colour of the substrate (plus refraction), less colour of the water, with the sky reflected on the surface. Sounds like I'm trying to get out of it easily, but that's exactly the process I use.
Personally, I think you've done a great job.
Cheers, Happy New Year, Mark W.

Dec 27, 2013
Great Job! NEW
by: Frankie

Hi Jane,

I think you've done an awesome job. I definitely know what you mean about the transparency! I won't see Mark until the end of next week, but I'll definitely have a chat to him and get back to you with some tips after that time. Hope that's ok, and Happy New Year!!



Dec 25, 2013
Good work. NEW
by: Jim

Well done Jane. I really like the painting. You are not alone when you can't capture shallow water the way Mark does so easily.

Dec 24, 2013
Love the message NEW
by: Anonymous

Nice job with the water! Love the idea of adding a message in the sand.

Dec 24, 2013
good work NEW
by: Pamela Meredith

I like this very good work well done

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