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The Calm Before The Storm


The Calm Before The Storm, the title of the oil painting I had worked from the digital piece I created for the Tall Ships event in Sunderland.

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Stunning. For me, it's always great to see real, traditionally created artwork on the front page. Viewing the higher resolution of this is an absolute journey. The work on the water really puts you out in the middle of the ocean, and I love the green touches toward the horizon points. The ship itself is very well done, especially the the ripples in the sail.

zanaelf responds:

Thank you very much, glad you enjoyed it :-)

Sweet god, that is a lot of sail area! It's like you took the biggest tall ship mast you could find and said "frigate, may as well add one more sail."


Also, creating a painting like this strikes me as something that requires a hell of an understanding of how light works. Not only do the sky and waves look epic, but the sails also seem to give the illusion that they are radiating light... Or maybe I'm just crazy.

zanaelf responds:

Thank you, I am so glad you enjoyed the piece making it feel it was a success.

super cool.. i like it! would make a nice puzzle or picture hanging on the wall :)

zanaelf responds:

That would be a fantastic idea :-) perhaps maybe in the future.

Cool, looks like old Ironsides. The USS constitution.
Pirate ships are cool.

zanaelf responds:

Thank you, glad you enjoyed it.

Interesting Figurehead in how it seems to go both ways, both hanging on to the shop with all it's might... and facing forward. Really nice detail with the ship in particular, and you capture the essence of the waves with the water too. The sky... I'm not so sure of. It looks good but also a bit messy. Like it's too much color. And like it doesn't really fall behind the waves but runs into them a bit.


zanaelf responds:

Hmm thanks.

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Jun 6, 2018
9:46 PM EDT
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