The surf has been relatively flat this week so I thought I would take this time to work on a custom frame design for my surf art. I have always enjoyed coming up with new frame designs to complete my art work. For my surf art, a unique frame design was created to compliment the aesthetics of surfing, reflecting the attributes of the water, power, grace, skill and technical development of the sport. In place of a matted image, the artwork is positioned and spaced between two transparent pieces of plexi glass (one clear and one blue) and encased with a deep metal frame. The transparent blue tint behind the art creates an illusion of water; clear, translucent, and calming. The German silver metallic frame gives it a sleek, sporty, stream line look that reflects the speed and advanced technology of modern day surfing.
One of my biggest inspirations for creating beach art is capturing the beauty of the ocean. The waves, colors, tints, etc….can be challenging. Here are some quick tips to make your ocean scenes look more realistic:
1. Choose three shades of Blue…Cerulean, Turquoise Blue, Sea Green.
2. Start at the horizon with the Cerulean, color the middle layer Turquoise Blue, and the water closest to the shoreline Sea Green.
3. Blend the colors together using your finger, dark to light.
Here is an example of what you can do with water using these tips and techniques…..
Home work: [Capture a water scene] Take a quick break by visiting a local body of water. Do you live near an ocean, lake, river, creek, pond, or swimming pool? How about a water puddle (be creative). Find a nice spot to sketch and enjoy being outside. Create your own picture, title it, and send it to the BEACH HOUSE, email@example.com (along with your name). Who knows, we may post your art!