Painting Water 101: Watercolor Techniques For Seas, Oceans & Seascapes
Step 9: Sandy Beach
With the tree section done, it’s time to paint the beach in the bottom right corner of your painting. Switch to the Escoda round brush (no. 20), prep some Yellow Ochre and a touch of Neutral Tint on the palette, then paint the first layer of the beach, adding streaks of stronger color to vary the tones a bit. Use the wet-in-wet technique and drop in areas of Burnt Sienna and Cobalt Violet Light to add textural shadows in some parts of the beach.
After cleaning your brush, stab in more Cobalt Blue Hue and Neutral Tint to the wave closest to the sand. You can be rough in order to add the texture and feeling of a wave crashing onto the beach. Be careful not to mix or overlap the blue ocean with the beach, or you’ll end up with a misplaced green area. When you’re done, let your painting dry. You can use a hairdryer to speed up this process if necessary.