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Classic: How To Paint A Seascape

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Step 10: Rocky Cliff And Layering

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Clean your palette a bit with a wet sheet of paper towel, then determine the value and local color for the rocks next. Mix Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Red Deep, and a little Permanent Violet, adding quite a lot of water to lighten the color (instead of using white paint, use water as a substitute). Start blocking in this color for all the rocky areas, leaving the water foam and splashes white. Soften the edges where the rock meets water with a clean brush and water. Use the local color of the rock to form the base layer, so that even the shadowed and highlighted areas contain this color. You can mix in more Cadmium Yellow Orange or Cadmium Red Deep in several places to make the rocks in the foreground more interesting, and give more depth to your painting.