The One About Painting the Sea

This is JMW Turner’s painting Storm at Sea:

Storm at Sea

In the Bahamas, The Husband and I sat down with paint and canvas, and painted on the beach. We both shared the same view and the same paint. He thought he did a better job, and I have to admit that I really admired the light feathery touch he had with the paintbrush. But I still thought I did a better job. I preferred my heavy, dark and deep colours and the build up of paint on the canvas over his more whimsical scene. His painting had a certain happiness to it, mine was a bit depressing and lonely, but in that, I feel, more thought. I don’t know where those paintings are anymore. I can’t remember if we ended up leaving them behind or where we might have put them if we brought them back.

Maybe you’re not as attracted to Turner’s study of water-meets-sky-movement, as I am. Perhaps you’re drawn more to Claude Monet’s foaming waves and his interest in sunlight and weather effects in Waves Breaking:

Waves Breaking

These two paintings sort of illustrate the very different results The Husband and I got.

Everyone wants to paint the ocean. There’s something captivating about the movement of waves that’s inspiring. It helps that the same view you stare at one day, is different the next day - no two days look the same if you pay attention to all the details.

To read more about Turner and Monet’s paintings, or learn about other artists who’ve painted the ocean, check out The 10 Best Sea Paintings.

“There is one spectacle grander than the sea, that is the sky; there is one spectacle grander than the sky, that is the interior of the soul” – Victor Hugo 






4 thoughts on “The One About Painting the Sea

    1. I think a lot of his paintings are used as designs in bedding. I remember the blankets Zahra and I had, those blue green water lillies, wasn’t that Monet too?

    1. I wish I knew what I did with them (I can’t even find a photo and that’s really strange because I take pics of everything)! It was really relaxing to just sit and paint :)

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