Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Tips for Painting a Beach


'Tropical Dreams'           8x10          pastel           ©Karen Margulis
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It was 17 degrees below zero when I saw the billboard. It was an ad for a Caribbean cruise.  Now this was a well placed billboard!  I could definitely see the allure of a Caribbean beach. After a cold winter many of us are having dreams of spending some time by the sea. In just a few days I will teach a workshop on the Carnival Breeze. I am looking forward to Art Cruise 2016!

It is time to paint the beach!  Even if you don't have a beach trip in your future (or maybe you are fortunate to live by the water) learning techniques for painting the sea and sand and sky can come in handy. You can even apply these ideas to painting other landscapes that include these elements.

I like the challenge of painting a seascape or beach scene because it has it all....water, sky, sand and foliage. Now that is a landscape challenge!  I decided to take the challenge for one of my downloadable demo/lesson. If you haven't had a chance to try it now is a good time! 

All PDF demos will be 10% off this week only! Use coupon code WinterDemo at checkout.



screen shot of my beach demo download

The beach demo is available in pdf format so you can view it on a computer or tablet or print it out and make a booklet.  This demo has 44 full color photos of each step of my painting and 23 pages which include text on each step. These demos are what I would share if I was painting in front of you with even more information because I can take my time and write down all the details of each step. For this painting I have used a Dry Underpainting technique. I share tips on painting clouds, sky, sand and foliage. 

The demo is available in my Etsy shop . Click here for details.  I have 12 demos available and they can all be viewed in my etsy shop here. 



A few sample photos of my painting in progress

2 comments:

robertsloan2art said...

I love this painting! Great demo and thanks for the discount on it. They all seem fascinating but in this one you capture my heart and mind.

Elizabeth Merchant said...

Tropical Dreams - what I love about this painting - is the feel of it. Balmy breezy suggestion without tight focus on detail. It leaves the viewer wanting more. Kudos.