I have to come up with at least one painting a week to take to class for critique. I'm afraid I don't always meet the deadline. I think I experiment too much. This week I decided to tackle a subject I don't usually paint. It took me three tries to get to this stage. I'm happy with the waves but need to have the foreground slightly lighter so the emphasis is on the rocks and waves. I may try to lighten it before class on Thursday. Will report back what Jerry has to say. Size: 13.5" X 10". I used yellow ochre, French ultramarine, Payne's grey, burnt umber and burnt sienna.
UPDATE: I knew exactly what Jerry would say about the first watercolor. The three waves and the space between them are too even in size. Jerry also suggested shadow underneath the breaking waves. I decided to paint this watercolor again using just two waves. They are still somewhat the same size but not the same shape. Will definitely have another try at this. It's quite difficult because it has to be painted without drawing out the waves but rather leaving the white space as you do the sky. That way you don't see any pencil marks afterwards. I also darkened the sky a little more in the second try which makes the white waves stand out better. I think the shadow under the waves makes all the difference too. Size: 13.5" X 10".