Inspired by the Sea

While the term seascape first gained popularity around the turn of the 18th century, the practice of depicting oceans, ships, beaches, and coastlines stretches back to antiquity. Portrayed on everything from rock walls, etchings, paintings, pottery, and tapestries, views at sea or from the shore have long fascinated humanity. Here, three contemporary artists put their unique spins on this timeless subject.

Watercolor Paintings of the Sea

“November Seascape” (watercolor, 11 x 15 in.) by Poppy Balser
“I painted this piece on the shores of the Bay of Fundy, the day after a November gale,” says Balser.
“Winter Beach” (watercolor, 14 x 21 in.) by Dan Marshall
“The Clamming Boat” (watercolor, 15 x 22 in.) by Francesco Fontana

Let Shuang Li open your eyes to a different way of looking at water. In Fearless Waterscapes, you’ll discover that unlike other subjects, water can’t be directly translated from a photo to a painting; you have to first learn the language. 

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Kelly Kane
PleinAir Magazine and American Watercolor Weekly Editor-in-Chief With more than 20 years experience in art publishing, Kelly Kane has served previously as Editor-in-Chief of Watercolor Artist magazine and Content Director for The Artist’s Magazine, Drawing, Acrylic Artist, and Pastel Journal. She has interviewed many of the preeminent artists of our time and written numerous articles about painting, drawing, art education and art history. She is now the Editor-in-Chief of PleinAir Magazine and the American Watercolor Weekly newsletter. Click here to send her an email.



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