Saving the White of the Paper

I take a lot of painting excursions to seaside settings to capture the raw beauty of the pounding surf. In my studio I would normally use liquid frisket to save the white of the paper for the waves, surf and spray, but on location iti??s just too messy. Instead, I carry a white oil pastel crayon with me. Before painting the water I “color” in the areas I want to keep white with the oil pastel and then I lay in my wash. The oil pastel acts as a resist and keeps the white areas safe from the wash of color. A little shading is all I need then to make the surf come alive.

Joanne Moore is managing editor for The Artist’s Magazine.

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