Rippling Sea, Manchester Seacape with Dory and Sailboats The Coast at Grand Manan Whitehead, Casco Bay
A common problem with seascapes or beach scenes is lopsidedness - the structural weight of shore elements such as rocks and cliffs, is difficult to balance with water alone.
The main lesson to learn from Bricher's work is the compositional trick of using a mass of cloud, and or boat and or white foam of a breaking wave, to balance rocks/cliff on other side of painting. The boat need not be of equal size to the rocks to have equal compositional weight. This is because the comparatively blank area of the sea makes the boat stand out as a point of interest.
Sunset on Bailey Island
Sunset over the Bay
Summer Day at Grand Manan Seascape
Seascape with Sunset
Moonrise, Coast of Maine Grand Summer, Grand Manan
To paint the sea, you must love it, and to love it, you must know the sea. - Frederick Judd Waugh
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This blog is intended as a reference resource for seascape painters (particularly those working in oils) and for art lovers. It's a mix of nautical/maritime art, seascapes and coastal scenes, both old and new. The blog is of a non-profit, educational nature; however, if you are the owner of an image and would like it removed, please advise in a comment to the post. Add comments by clicking on the word 'comments' under a post.
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A large proportion of the artists are from the US simply because their work seems to be easier to find on the internet, and perhaps the genre is more popular there, but suggestions of famous painters from other countries (and for the blog in general) are welcome.
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If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people together to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.” ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry