How to Paint an Ocean Wave in Oils

This painting tutorial shows how to paint an ocean wave in oils on a round canvas. The original seascape painting “Dancing in the Moonlight” measures 20 inches in diameter and is available for sale on
I used a reference photo of a breaking wave I took on a full moon night on Cape Hatteras in the Outer Banks, North Carolina.
Here I offer an insight into my technique and hope that my artist-friends will find this painting time-lapse useful or at least entertaining.
I used the following colors to create this ocean wave painting:
titanium white, phthalo blue, ultramarine blue, viridian and indigo. I also used Liquin as a medium and my favorite Princeton Brushes (Filberts and a Liner from Catalyst series), a fan brush, two old round bristle brushes and a wide bristle brush for blending.
This painting was created Alla Prima, in one sitting and took me about 3 hours to complete.
Soundtrack: Shimmering Waves by the Euclidean Stairway.

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