Waves and Grace

by Skip Andreae
(Santa Cruz, CA)



Waves and Grace.

I confess to being fascinated with water and oceans. It started as a child and fortunately I haven't outgrown it yet. Mesmerizing, constantly changing, ever in motion, sometimes etherial, sometimes powerful foaming chaos, how can we help but want to paint it. Always, there is the challenge of all that beauty in motion .

Wish there was Remote with a Pause button designed to still the water just long enough to capture the shape and forms. Instead, I went to the bookstore's How To Draw / Paint shelf. Several paperbacks which contain the anatomy of waves are available. Seeing the parts named and the structure from various points of view, seems to slow and free up the visual when standing right in front of it. Who knew there was a shadow in front of a backlit wave??

Color hint for murky coastal days: cobalt blue + yellow ochre make wonderful sea green blues. Add more ochre + white for rock grays.

El Nino created long beautiful rollers of tall waves and seething foam. Three of us drove to Pescadero Beach, one of several inspiring beaches north of Santa Cruz, CA where the parking lot was safely above above the pounding shore. Waves are a spectator sport here on the Central Coast. A local police chief recently remarked that Tsunami Watch does not mean Go Watch the Tsunami. We set up on the edge of a parking lot filled with cars and people. I painted three 8 x 10s that day. The first was an exploration and a 'learner'. During the second, a man stood behind me watching for a long time. "My Aunt Elizabeth paints," he said and then in a smaller voice, "I wish I could paint." "Do it!", I said smiling, "Begin!"

The third was that Mystery we all hope to experience. The colors were mixed. Time was still. I was filled with delight and beyond thought. It all just flowed. The third painting painted itself. It was that grace moment - which can't be described in words - only appreciated. I hope Aunt Elizabeth and each of you have many painting grace moments.

Skip Andreae
skipandreae.com

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Oct 05, 2015
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by: William Jack

Well the painting of waves and Grace is simply a astonishing painting and the designs are the unique one and the author has tell us that how we can make these type of painting.

Sep 15, 2015
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Great painting
by: Anonymous

Nice painting
. I would for sure buy it and hang on my bedroom wall. Keep up the great work!

Sep 09, 2015
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What a great post is it
by: Anonymous

What a great post is it, i am very excited and i appreciate your handwork on here . You are doing very well job. keep it up.

Sep 09, 2015
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Cool!
by: Warren

What a beautiful piece of art! So simple yet so powerful. Nice article! I agree, the use of colors is genius. Awesome!

Aug 12, 2015
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Informative blog
by: Anonymous

Excellent information on your blog. Thank you for taking the time to share with us. Amazing insight you have on this, it's nice to find a website that details so much information about different artists.

Apr 05, 2011
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LEt's go wave painting
by: Anonymous

This post makes me want to go out wave painting today - I love it! Thanks Skip and your paintings are gorgeous

Apr 05, 2011
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by: Jim K

Great painting that truly captures the "moment". Thanks for the hint on CB+YO, I shall certainly try it !

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