• Rachel Mammone



I haven't blogged in a while (since last month) which is all about to change - the weekly blog is back every Friday morning! This week, it's a behind the scenes.

So this week I thought I would share with you my latest painting; a huge seascape.

I've been working on a handful of mini seascapes over the past few weeks, but I also bought myself a huge square blank canvas to paint something for me and Chris.

Last week, I sat down with my canvas, chose 3 colours - white, ultramarine blue and cerulean blue - a palette knife and got to work.


I love to let paints help create the paintings - using their properties to guide the work and help choose the outcome.

Acrylics are much heavier than watercolours and so I like to use A LOT of paint. This creates a really thick layer of paint unlike watercolours which are more delicate. This 'heaviness', to me, creates a more believable sea - it makes me want to dive in to the paint.

When I move the colours around on the canvas, the motion feels like the waves of the sea, the ebb and flow of water - and it is this that helps to create these pieces.

When the palette knife blends the white with the blues, you hit a high, a peak of a wave, the white horses of the sea - and that is my favourite part.


I believe that emotions have a huge part to play when it comes to painting. When I paint, I really 'feel' what I am painting. Perhaps it is the colours, perhaps the subject. Painting seascapes 'feels' completely different to painting galaxies. The emotions are stronger, the movement of the paint is bigger, thicker - I can only describe it as I feel like I am swimming when I paint water.


I loved painting this piece, and I have one more large canvas to work on which I am thinking of also using to create a seascape.

This one is now hung proudly in our dining room.

Let me know what you think!

Rachel x

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