Early Morning Sea Foam is a 10x8 plein air by Shirley Fachilla.
I’ve been researching seascapes for more than a year, ever since I knew I would be going to
to paint. Being from landlocked Tennessee,
I needed to see how other painters had approached painting the ocean.
It’s a year later, I’m long back from
but I’m still finding wonderful marine artists.
I’ve already blogged about the seascapes of Californian William Ritschel. This spring, I was in total awe of contemporary Ray Roberts and his seascape that took the grand prize at the California Art Club. And now I’ve discovered the stunning work of John Fredrick Kensett.
Kensett was a part of the second generation of
artists. He was a Luminist like another favorite of mine, Sanford Gifford. But while Gifford concentrated upon the mountains, Kensett painted the ocean. He painted it lyrically, poetically. In the
last year of his life, he often painted it as sea, sky and light and nothing
more… for nothing more was needed. Hudson
My painting above is a plein air done in the rather early morning in
Maine. After I saw
some Kensett’s, and learned some watery lessons from them, I redid Sea Foam,
so it, too, could try to be all about the sky, the sea and the light.