Ivan Aivazovsky, Ship

Ivan Aivazovsky – “King of the Sea”

By Dan Scott / March 24, 2022 / 56 Comments

When I think of seascape painters, Ivan Aivazovsky is one of the first to come to mind. He was a prolific Russian artist who created thousands of paintings depicting the sea in various forms. Let’s take a closer look at his life and work. I’ll cover: Key Facts and Ideas The Power of Going Deep … Read more

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Ivan Aivazovsky, The Ninth Wave, 1850

The Ninth Wave by Ivan Aivazovsky

By Dan Scott / June 15, 2021 / Comments Off on The Ninth Wave by Ivan Aivazovsky

Let’s take a closer look at The Ninth Wave by Ivan Aivazovsky. I’ll cover: Key Details Key Features Main Colors Grayscale Notan Rule of Thirds Similar Paintings Other Resources Want to Learn More? Ivan Aivazovsky, The Ninth Wave, 1850 (Click here to download a high-resolution image of the painting.) Key Details Date created: 1850 Dimensions: … Read more

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Dan Scott, Tasmania Seascape, 2018

Seascape Painting Tutorial – Learn How To Paint This Simple Tasmanian Seascape

By Dan Scott / July 27, 2018 / 17 Comments

In this post, I will walk you through this very simple seascape based on a photo from Tasmania. I will say firstly that just because a subject is simple, does not mean it is easy to paint. In fact, it can sometimes be even more challenging to turn a simple subject into an interesting painting than … Read more

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Reference Photo Analysis

Oil Painting Tutorial For Beginners – Overcast Day In Bali

By Dan Scott / June 17, 2018 / 10 Comments

I recently put the finishing touches on a painting based on a photo from my Bali travels. It was an overcast day and we were walking through a temple which was claimed by monkeys. The temple was situated amongst the trees on the top of a cliff. The winding path around the side of the cliff … Read more

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Frederick Judd Waugh, Winds And Seas

Inspiring Seascapes By Frederick Judd Waugh

By Dan Scott / February 12, 2018 / 46 Comments

Frederick Judd Waugh Frederick Judd Waugh (1861 – 1940) was a leading American artist known for his beautiful seascape paintings. He was the son of painter Samuel Waugh and studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Interestingly, he was a camouflage artist for the U.S. Navy during World War I. His seascape paintings are incredibly … Read more

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Tasmania Ref Photo

How To Choose The Perfect Reference Photo To Paint From

By Dan Scott / January 14, 2018 / 5 Comments

Being able to take a great reference photo is an important skill for artists, even if you paint from life. You do not need to be a great photographer to take a great reference photo either. Photography has come a long way in recent years and we can really take advantage of it to improve … Read more

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