Ocean Waves


Last week I visited California and watched people playing in the ocean waves. It reminded me of this painting of Tom’s. When you look at it, don’t you get the urge to run and jump in? -SF

Tom wrote: I’ve loved playing in the water my whole life. Nothing is more fun than going to the beach! I painted my nieces, Laci and Kayli, and their brother, Jake, playing in the waves along the Northern California coast.

I’ve tried to create excitement with backlighting. Note the small edge of light on the right side of them, while the rest of their figures are in shadow. I’ve splashed a few waterdrops around along with crashing waves. Kayli is running through the water. The waves above their heads show sunlight shining through them. Trees and shoreline are in the distance. I haven’t put detail in their faces. I wanted the viewer to create those things in their own minds.

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August 9, 2010

Todd @ 5:00 pm #

This has always been a favorite. I think it’s all the motion in the painting that makes it so inviting, the splashes, the waves, the movement of the children. And I actually feel cooler while looking at it. (Of course anybody who likes Tom’s work is cool, but that’s not what I meant… :-) )

August 10, 2010

Jennifer @ 8:34 am #

It is interesting that when you look at the water, there are such a variety of colors, yet they all work together to create something that seems to have such motion.

August 13, 2010

Susie @ 11:58 am #

The way you paint water just astounds me! I can hear the sound of the ocean when I look at this. What a fantastic painting!

August 31, 2010

Christine Roach @ 10:23 am #

This painting is like music on a canvas. Beautiful!

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