New Oil Painting Orange Sea

Do you remember when my post “Dramatic Seas” from the end of December 2010? Well, it is the inspiration for the third painting I have been working on and I have now finished.

The underpainting starts with something from my memory.

But I decided to print a photograph to loosely assist as I built up the vibrancy of Orange Sea. I boldly go with the oranges of orange and started working in some cloud and mountains in the distance.

Finally it begins to take shape.

The painting comes to rest still surging with movement.

I think I am done. I post it on redbubble. I look again. Darn!

I change the painting slightly but it is crucial to the overall work. I dislike it when I find something that needs editing only after viewing it when posted. But I have come to respect that it is a different part of my eye that sees the image once it is up – kind of like seeing your home through the eyes of your guests.

Besides, that is when I was invited.

Now for the final, final painting of Orange Sea.

(prints may be purchased here.)

12” X 12” by 2 inch birch cradled gessobord original impressionist oil painting – $400 Canadian.

Sprout question: If you could paint something orange in your life what would it be?

Best of the weekend to you!

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22 thoughts on “New Oil Painting Orange Sea

  1. Terrill – Very inviting. It makes me want to dive in head first and tread water for a long, long time — simply enjoying on the bouyancy.

    Sprout question: If you could paint something orange in your life, what would it be?

    My office chair. It would be like lighting a fire under my bum; serving to stoke the fires of creativity.

    • Laurie it is so amazing that you want to jump into those turbulent orange seas because I painted them from the view of one of those bobbing harlequin ducks who love to float around in these types of waves. I kept asking myself as I painted. Now what would the duck see and feel as it bobbed? And there you go diving right in to see and feel too!

      I can see your office chair orange Laurie and heating up your creativity to low rolling boil until it is just the right consistency to serve to us on one of your fine platters be it a magazine article or a blog post or a book.

  2. I love seeing the process of these paintings progress. It’s fascinating to me and I think I need to take a painting class to learn some different methods.

    What would I paint orange in my life? I like orange, it’s such a vibrant color full of energy and motion, but I think I could only take it in bits and pieces, as an accent. Like on my blog header. 🙂

    • Kat after painting Orange Sea I can confirm that a little orange goes a long ways 🙂 I also tried your linky thing on your post about photography fog. Very interesting tool. Where did you find it? I didn’t really understand how it worked so ended up linking people here instead of to a larger view of the arbutus tree in the fog. However, I will know for next time.

  3. Ravishing, stunning, rapturous, a feast for the eyes, and with all that swirling, “stormy.” This is how I pictured the sea in the fairy tale “The Fisherman and His Wife” after the poor title character visited the proud flounder once too many times in behalf of his avaricious wife. There’s movement and an ominous underpinning, but yet looking at it another way there’s a sense of exuberance. Well,.you know what they say about great paintings, right? Multiple interpretations. I envy the person who will wind up with this! Ha!

    I like the color orange. I’d like to have the basement walls in a shade of that color.

    • Thanks so much Sam for your feedback and musing. I like the idea of multiple interpretations. It usually takes me a few weeks after completing a work before I am comfortable with more than the one I was using to create.

      Basement walls in warm orange I have a feeling would be most cozy – but skip the shag carpet 😉

  4. Fabulous and I liked seeing the process and hearing the story of the creation.

    Paint something orange? I always want to paint flowers….like a big orange poppy, but I am only successful in my mind :0 That is good too

  5. Damn! I’m right in the middle of something…but I followed a tweet and here I found myself surrounded by the sort of simple, honest creativity and freedom that reminds me of the point of anything.

    Just wanted to drop my note, but I will be back with the benefit of time and camomile tea to give your work the attention it commands.

    I love the progress reports of the painting too!

    • Pea welcome to Creative Potager! I am so glad that you followed a tweet and were inspired to leave a comment because I have just spent the last half hour reading your incredible blog “Simple Humble.” There are many readers who are part of the Creative Potager community who I know will be as thrilled as I am by discovering your simple, inspiring posts.

      The “Tiny House” post really caught my imagination. My parents still live off the grid in the rural northern interior of British Columbia but there 1,000 sq. foot house may not last as long as they want to live there. They were going to build another one when I was 11 years old. I am now 52 and they are still “making do.” We live on the grid in an eco-friendly 1,000 – 1,200 sq foot strawbale, timberframe home in a rural setting on a island in south western British Columbia. Though this is not a “tiny house” as I had been living in 610 sq. Feet beofre moving here, it is a simple home with a tremendous amount of natural beauty. I was sorry to see that comments are closed on your blog but I do understand. I have subscribed and shall read and enjoy just the same Pea.

  6. Such tenacity, Terrill — and well worth it, I might add! I could feel the sea moving as I gazed at your painting: saying a great deal. Re your SQ. Painting something orange. Well, I’d have to paint with words, for starters, and then I might tackle an orange bird or an orange tie (my husband has one!) … or maybe I’d seek the poetry of an orange tree. Hmmm, something to ponder over the weekend!

    • Daisy I have read many of your beautiful word pictures and I am sure your painting with orange will inspire as usual. Good luck with the pondering!

      Dear readers, Daisy has an exceptional new guest post “Beyond Conventional Wisdom” with artist Paul Jackson: “a prolific artist with lots of spirit
      and one of America’s greatest contemporary watercolorists.” Enjoy!

  7. Congratulations, Terrill, on finishing your beautiful painting.
    Hmmm, something orange? Okay, I’d paint my hair orange–only for a day–and see how many people notice. : ) Maybe it would start a creative fire in my mind. (Did you hear that evil laugh?)

    • Thank you Leanne and congratulations on your interview with author Chris Redding over on The Sweater Curse. Your prolific posting about all things writing and knitting leave us with some yummy creative bites to nibble on.

      Hum, orange hair Leanne. I hope I would be one of those that noticed 🙂

  8. I love the photo Terrill and the finished painting. I personally adore using orange paint, photographing orange anything and ya, I guess just about anything orange – I once had an orange bedroom, but that was too much.

    What would paint orange – hummm.. .well, maybe the cat??? or not.

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