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USS Bailey (DD-492) Prints Available

The original oil painting of USS Bailey has now been completed and is off to the recipient. Customizable prints of this piece are now available at my shop at: https://fineartamerica.com/featured/uss-bailey-dd-492-dale-jackson.html You can customize the print as a canvas framed or rolled print; as a print on archival paper, rolled or framed; on poster paper; or on metal, acrylic or wood. #NavalArt #MaritimeArt #NauticalArt #Navy #Warship #WW2 #WWII #WorldWarTwo #Destroyer #

USS BAILEY (DD-492) - PART 2 - Modelling Phase

Before moving back to the ship, I blocked in the basic foreground water. Next, I began defining ver basic structures of the foreground water. In addition to the foreground, I move to the background water, defining its structures as well,the waves, reducing in size the further they are from the viewer. Next, I start darkening the foreground to indicate depth and to draw the viewer back to the ship. I also start applying a darker glaze to the foreground water. I also took time

Ocean Painting Completion!

I've completed the large ocean painting. This is a 48" x 36" oil on panel painting that is for my wife for Christmas. After many months of on-and-off work on it in the evenings and weekends, I am laying my brushes down. This large painting will be the centerpiece for our ocean themed bedroom and a tentative title for now is "Afternoon at the Beach." Click on the images below to for a larger view of this piece. Video I hope you enjoyed the demonstration of this painting. comin

Developing the Waves, Part 2

This weekend I am continuing the process of refining the waves and developing their structure and color. The waves and the surf are probably the most time I'll spend on this painting because they demand more detail than the rest of the painting, so this is expected. I was painting all day yesterday, Saturday - November 21. I let these layers dry and then I'll begin working on them today, Sunday. This is what I love about these W&N Griffin Alkyd fast drying oils. They aren't s

Developing the Waves

After I completed the underlying layers of blue in the deeps to the aqua layers in the shallows and then the sand up to the shoreline, I did a rough outline of where I wanted waves to be using my white mixed in W&N Liquin Original to thin. After this, I began creating the waves far in the distance. I used Titanium white mixed with cobalt blue and a touch of ivory black. Since the waves were far in the distance, I kept the details, highlights and shadows to a minimum. I used a

Adding the Ocean

After a while to let the cloud layers dry, I started to work on the underlying layers of the ocean. I wanted the hues to be vibrant to match the illumination of the sky above. I'm using Winsor & Newton Griffin Fast Drying Alkyd paints throughout this painting process. Sky is finished...now onto the ocean! I taped off the horizon line and started to paint the horizon and then the gradients that will be for the ocean and foreground waves. I wanted my ocean to be vivid as well t

Why Studies Matter

In this post, I'll discuss why I think smaller studies really matter with regard to the completion of a larger final piece of art. First, a study, in my opinion is a way of concentrating on problematic areas that you, as an artist, may have to face later in your final work. I have gone straight at a painting, thinking I was very confident to complete it in one fell swoop, but rather, what happened is that I hit a brick wall, having not thought out my composition very well, a

Painting the Ocean - Beginnings

For the longest time, a blank canvas or a blank piece of art paper would intimidate me. However, I've learned to embrace it and not be worried about what I would paint or draw, but rather flip that thought and instead, imagine or rather visualize the vast possibilities of what I could paint or draw. For this piece, the ocean, being influenced so much by living near the ocean for a good chunk of my life, my mind wasn't blank for what I could do, but rather what I'd like to e