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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Painting the sea

I was still working from my book "how to paint landscapes". Actually it included seascapes. I tried this one. I think it is not so easy to paint waves, because you have to give the impression of the light going through the water. But then I consider myself an impressionist, so I must be able to give impressions. That is the job of an impressionist. Not always an easy job. I haven't done many seascapes after this one, where it is only the sea. Most paintings I do with the sea as part of it, the sea is more of a background, and not so close-up. But I will attempt that in future again.

This painting I sold to my oldest brother and made R7 profit. In those years R7 was a lot of money. I could buy my next canvas with that and maybe one or two tubes of paint. My mother was glad that I was finally starting to make some money. I hope that one day I will also be able to say like Renoir: "I think I am beginning to get a hang of this."

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