To paint the waves in my waterscapes, I use three different painting techniques – and sometimes all three are included in the same painting! These are also the same techniques I use, with slight variations, to paint those fluffy white clouds in my skies.
My favorite technique is one that I invented and is quite unusual. Here are steps to learn that special technique I use to create my painted waves. Even though I am using acrylic paint in the description, you can use other mediums in the same way. By the way, the other two painting techniques I also like and use frequently can be found here.
My Favorite Technique for Painting Waves
The following steps for this technique combine a glazing method with a sanding method, and use multiple layers repeating these two methods several times. It is a great way to create white clouds in a blue sky as well as white wave caps in blue water.