Starting a new seascape oil painting of an ocean wave with a sandy beach. Above is the pencil sketch that I start with whenever I begin a new painting. This gives me an idea of the composition and values in the painting.  The value of a painting is the lightness or darkness of an area. This painting will be similar to a previous oil painting of mine shown below with a rocky shore. This original beach painting will have sand and foam instead of the rocks. I hope to show the next step in a few days so check back to follow along as I paint this seascape of a sandy beach.

“The Breaking Wave” Oil by PJ Cook