Painting By The Sea

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I haven’t painted in ages, mostly because I’ve been working digitally for almost a decade now. But recently, my love for traditional mediums was rekindled by Carol, a talented lady who’s wonderfully creative and passionate about all forms of art.

One day, Carol invited me to join her on a quick art jamming session, so we packed our bags and headed to the beach – very convenient because she lives just by the coast :)

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It was cloudy with a light drizzle, and the sea was a creamy, buttery shade of aquamarine.

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Carol uses oils for most of her paintings – just look at that gorgeous palette with that beautiful array of colours!

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And here’s her interpretation of the scenery with a sweet little story behind it. I love how the ship seems to represent strength in solitude, making its way through the sea as a storm is brewing in the distance.

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Before starting, I’d made mental notes on the scenery, and it was challenging but much fun mixing the colours together to get the shade that I had in my mind.

One thing I gathered was that I should be mixing in larger portions on the palette, like what Carol had done, because it’s difficult to get back that same colour once it’s been used up. I messed up a few times because I got the second batch of colours ‘wrong’. At one point, there was a big black blotch on the sea, haha! Then again I had some interesting results with the colour variations too, so that wasn’t all bad :)

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When we were finally done, the sky had dimmed, and the faraway ships had their lights on – pretty little spots of yellows and whites twinkling in the dark.

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Here’s my final piece – a forested area to the right of the beach that had large, tall trees just at the edge of the coast, and dreamy ships in the distance.

I love, love, loved the session with Carol.

It was great to have someone else painting together with me – a silent but comfortable kind of companionship. It was also a wonderful feeling to sit under the open sky by the sea, with nothing but a blank canvas, paintbrushes and a palette of colours, wind in my hair and the grass under my feet; to just immerse and create. As the day ended, I realized that it was just the thing I needed – therapy for the soul.

The sea has always calmed my nerves and soothed me, so what better way to pay tribute than with a heartfelt painting. Thank you Carol for asking me along. Until the next painting session!

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