These two images show how greatly reproductions of paintings can vary. It's always best to study the real thing, hanging in a gallery. Not only are reproductions often misleading about colour and tone, they don't give a sense of the scale of a work, or the three dimensional nature of brushwork and paint layers. Visiting galleries is also instructive on how works are framed and displayed. In the past it was a part of an artist's training to visit galleries, set up an easel and make copies of masterpieces.
Storrier's painting of a garland floating on an empty sea is very similar to an oil by the German painter Claus Bergen showing a wreath commemorating the loss of lives during a naval battle. Bergen was a marine and landscape painter who was sympathetic to the Nazis, unfortunately. In Bergen's composition the clouds take the form of a garland or wreath, echoing the subject.
It is an image that communicates a sense of loss in a very simple way.
Storrier's canvas is huge and must have enormous power.
If the image is divided in the middle (both vertically and horizontally) there is a point of interest in each half (moon and patch of reflected moonlight, figures and sailboat) and the points are linked by a trail of light. The child's pointing arm leads the eye to the second focus, while the boat leans slightly towards the first.
Frederick Church - Coast Of Mount Desert Source: gurneyjourney.blogspot.com
This unfinished oil painting shows Church's technique: a salmon pink underpainting unifies the image and adds warmth to the sky, gives vibrancy to the green areas through complementary colour. The fine detail of the drawing is visible. Church has painted area by area, rather than doing what many teachers advise: covering the whole canvas with rough massing first, adding detail later.
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.
Copyright of images of paintings on this blog are usually held by the artist or owner and are not generally in the public domain.
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.
Apologies if a link to an artist's or gallery's website has been inadvertantly omitted. If you are interested in seeing more, or purchasing, work by any of the artists on this site, google their full name in inverted commas, with perhaps the word 'paintings' or 'artist' and it should take you to their site or the site of a gallery representing them.
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