Thursday, February 15, 2018


Wave Breaking on a Peer, oil on panel, 33.5 x 59"

I'm in the middle of a wave-painting frenzy. Finished two wave paintings in the last month and I'm working on a third. Really enjoying myself. To me, a successful wave painting is about energy and freedom. Working on one always raises my mood. It's pure painting fun with all it's different surfaces: smooth, soft green patches where the wave is rolling over and explosions of white foam when it breaks. All these surfaces need a different approach: I glaze the smooth parts and for the foam I use pure paint, no medium at all. 

Wave Breaking on a Peer, detail

Highlight of the fun is painting the foam dots that are thrown in every direction. I use a worn out fan brush to splatter the thin paint on the panel. Back in Kindergarden we did it with a tooth brush, but a fan brush gives you some control over the splatters.

Stormy Breakers, detail

Stormy Breakers, oil on panel, 15.7 x 63"

For larger pics (with more details) please go to my website:, or click the link on the title of the paintings.



  1. Hi sir,
    it would be nice to have a tutorial on this topic,it is really interesting

  2. Thanks for your comment, Regis. I've been painting waves every now and then, but I'm not yet confident enough yet to do a tutorial on it. Wrote a blog entry about it earlier though (January 7, 2016). Hope you like it!

  3. Merci beaucoup pour cette article très intéressent comme toujours sur votre blog. Je connais une ariste qui a une metrise incroyable sur la Technique des vagues peux etre elle peux vous inspirer (Irina Cumberland) . Ha!! Jai oublié Formidable votre dernier vidéo

  4. Très prévenant de votre part pour souligner le travail d'Irina Cumberland. Je ne la connaissais pas et je l'ai googlé. Travail merveilleux. Elle sait très bien faire la transparence de l'eau!

  5. I always find your blog super inspirational. Thanks for the share.

  6. These paintings are just great. Thanks for sharing your work with us.

  7. Beautiful!!!!.....Thanks for sharing