Friday Art Feature

posted on: 2.27.2015

I think I have made it clear to you all that the ocean is my primary source of inspiration. With that said, you should know I am currently experimenting with it's representation. I want to be most true to my beloved sea.  The ocean is so much more that blue, it's a deep prism of colorful water. Through my art, I am trying my damnedest to capture the lavenders, the pinks, the oranges and greens that lie beneath the surface. In this week's FAF I am showing two types of techniques I am working through to achieve this emphasis on buried hues. In the first two paintings, I begin with acrylic on wood board. I go crazy with color application, imagine a highly saturated seascape with lots and lots of paint. I let the unfinished painting dry then strip the board so that the original colors only linger. I literally wipe away the obvious blues to find those oranges I know are there, but it's funny how the blue always remains. To sum up, consider these deconstructed seas.

The second set I drew/painted with my usual oil pastels. However, in these I began with bright acrylic paint instead of drawing directly onto the black board. This set is a traditional version of layering, but even in their normality something happens when I choose to focus in on that sea break and fade into the distance. So what do you all think? Do you prefer and more expressionistic sea or a refined wave? I love to hear your feedback!

Follow my ongoing art exercise of a drawing a day here!
You can buy selections of my art here and here, or of course contact me at michaelajeanblog.com if you are interested in a painting that is not yet listed.

Oh! Be sure to check out my interview with the amazing Emma Logins of Fan in Style!

Happy Friday friends! xx

28 comments:

  1. These are absolutely gorgeous! You captured the ocean beautifully...I'm just so in awe of all the amazing colors and textures!

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  2. OMG! The colors in those first ones are so amazing!!! I hope you have an amazing weekend!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

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  3. Interesting to learn about your techniques. I prefer the expressionist versions because it let's you see deeper into the soul of the artist.

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  4. Deaaaaar, this blog is amazing, I adore it! These paintings made me wordless! Hope you'll visit my blog: http://thecolorsofshine.blogspot.com/2015/02/10000-views-video-makeup-tutorial.html
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  5. Love all of these beautiful colors! Have a great weekend hun!

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  6. So beautiful. That beach scene looks incredible.

    Kay of Pure & Complex
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  7. Oh my god you are so talented. I sort of grew up by the ocean and spend countless summers on the beach, day in day out. I think you captured it beautifully! Please keep on creating art & sharing it with the world.

    xx naomi // Naomi in Wonderland

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  8. Such a fan of your work! You are amazing Michaela! I don't know too much about techniques other than the basics from when I took an art class in high school but these painting are beautiful. Refined or expressionistic, I'm in awe with your work! Happy Friday!

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  9. I love all of the colors! They are so pretty!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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  10. Great artwork! Reminds me summer a lot :)

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  11. I'm in love with the last painting, it looks so vibrant and real!

    Bella Pummarola

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  12. So impressed! X

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  13. Wow, these are stunning!!!

    Ali xo
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  14. You are amazing as well as your paints.
    I love your works.
    XO

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  15. So unique pictures! I love your style, you draw the sea so divine.. look like a paradise. Great work!
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  16. Wow! this is beautiful. I'm headed over to your etsy shop
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  17. Wow! this is beautiful. I'm headed over to your etsy shop
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  18. so impressive!! you're so artsy and creative!! :D

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  19. I definitely need that last paintings!
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  20. I LOVE the deconstructed seas!! You capture the feeling of watching the waves rather than just the sight of it. Wonderful paintings :)

    -Zanna
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  21. WoW! this is beautiful !!! http://blondelafemme.blogspot.ru/

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  22. These are so gorgeous!!! You are very talented!

    Abby
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  23. Darling, it's super amazingly beautiful! I'm speechless. It has really great atmosphere. I'm just in love with your art

    xx Furore Editor

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  24. Wow, the last two paintings are our favorite things ever. You have so much talent, and we adore seeing your paintings every Friday!

    xx 365Hangers

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  25. Oh wow I really like the colors in the last painting. It's so calming and beautiful!

    Tina
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  26. Gorgeous, gorgeous! Your work makes me want to book a beach vacay, stat. :)

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  27. Amazing!

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  28. These pictures are really amazing! Love all!


    Giulia
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