Saturday, March 15, 2014


Sunday of last week, at the ocean, was spent studying waves and hooking plein air on the beach.

"Ocean Surf"  7"X7", plein air, Lori LaBerge  2014

This was a new experience.  Sitting in front of a moving subject and hooking is totally different than hooking a mountain, barn or tree which stands still or hooking in the studio. I had to rely on memory as wave after wave crashed onto the shore. Notes were jotted down on where the light was hitting the waves and rough drawings were made of basic wave shapes.

Values were important in noting the darkness in the curve of the wave and the lighter edge of the crest.  As I tend to do quite a bit of geometric work with hard edges, I enjoyed the randomness of waves with each one creating its own individual shape and varying in size from the one before or after it.

In working plein air landscapes it is best to chose the shadow position you want and stick with it.  Similarly, one can choose from various wave positions when deciding which to depict.

A smaller, calm swell approaching with foam left on the shore from the wave in front of it.

A wave starting to crash onto shore.

One half already crashed and the other half with the wall of the wave showing.

After crashing with water returning to the ocean and patches of foam in the water behind.

A dramatic wave with the splash reaching high into the air.

When I returned home, a group of art videos along with a book I had ordered arrived. 

Ian Roberts' composition package through the Artist's Network.

I had some time to start listening and chose the plein air video first.  I find this method to be a great way to learn about specific aspects of art as it allows me to work at my own pace with the only deadlines being those I impose on myself.  After listening to part of the video and skimming through the book, I'm finding this grouping to be really informative and Ian Roberts to be extremely knowledgeable about his subject while able to express himself well.

Next time you are near the water take time to really watch its movement, think about how you would depict it and have a great day.


  1. Love your ocean piece. Looking forward to getting back outside. Still a foot of snow on the ground and quite cold. Spring has to be coming soon!
    Michele Phillips

    1. Thank you, Michele. We were lucky and had a warm weekend. Now we're back to the cold mountain weather. Looking forward to Spring also!

  2. The movement in the water in your piece is amazing. Looking forward to getting onto the sand again!
    Patricia Winans

    1. Thank you, Patricia. I would love to take a couple of weeks on the coast and study water some more. Happy to hear you say I captured the movement of it.