Splashing sea

No, I am not changing my style of painting to a Jackson Pollock lookalike. (I could perhaps be tempted as his price record for a painting was 140 million USD. ) It was Pollock who replaced the brush stroke with millions of drips and blobs in the abstract expressionist style of the middle of the last century.
I'm not using so many drips and blobs though, mostly squiggles.

But no matter what you use or how you
applying thin lines of acrylic paint with a fine pen.
apply paint to a surface, its the end result that matters and before that the noble art of being able to judge when the painting is finally finished. A close up view of any painting or photograph will look totally abstract because it's brought out of context. When working on the finer details of my paintings I nearly always have my nose just a few centimetres away from the canvas. With my reading glasses on I can concentrate on the nearest area of the work and the rest is out of focus. There is then the danger of losing the overall impression and composition. So a few steps back to look at the work from a distance is very often necessary many times during the painting process. The larger the work the further distance it should be viewed from.
The finished result  "Splashing Sea" 32 X 32 cm © Elizabeth Tyler 2016


Seascapes in acrylics

My painting "Morning glow" ( 33 x 97 cm) in the cockpit of my boat
Being surrounded by seawater for several months a year I feel inspired by it every day. I felt an irresistible urge to describe the ever changing colours, the random patterns of shapes in the ripples and the sparkling light and deep shadows in the waves. Also the way the sea sometimes disappears in haze in the distance, merging in a horizonless transition with the sky.
So I decided to work on some paintings with only the sea as subject matter. The sea would be the centre of attention in itself. No stones, rocks or seabirds, just water.

It's been done before, I know, by millions of artists throughout time, all over the world, there's nothing new under the sun.  Nevertheless I wanted to capture the scene at different times of the day and give each painting my own personal interpretation, rendering them in every detail.
"Misty sea" acrylics on canvas 45 x 69 cm