Just finished this watercolor painting of a surfer coming ashore. The 9 x 14 inch original watercolor is on Arches 260 lb paper. There have been many surfers out lately with the nice waves. I liked the nice contrast between the full wet suit this guy was wearing and the light-colored surfboard.

surfer painting in watercolor with ocean wave

The waves were breaking way out on the reef that is quite a distance offshore here in Ft Lauderdale. I watched this surfer paddle way out to the reef. I don’t think he did any surfing out there as far as I could see. He eventually came back in to the shore.

I wanted to get the breaking waves and spray along with the rich colors of the water. I used some wax resist technique for the white areas of water in the upper left. Otherwise I painted around the white areas like the surfboard.