The canvas size is 18″x 24″ for this oil painting of a rocky shoreline. My first step was to tone the entire canvas. I did this with a dark muted red oil paint. While it was still wet I used a rag to rub out some of the color. The first photo shows what it looked like when I finished this step. As you can see I have my composition and basic values on the canvas at this point.

The next day I was satisfied with the overall composition so I started painting the sky and background. As I moved forward in the painting I used warmer and darker and or more intense color.

Next I painted the water, some of the background color still shows through at this point. Notice how I changed the color and value of the shallow water in the foreground. I then started working on the rocky cliff. My next post will be a continuation of this seascape oil painting of a rocky shoreline.