Ocean Wash Process and
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Ocean Wash Process

Deborah Lightfield

The Ocean Wash technique is a process I started doing 30 years ago.

In this process, the ocean helps paint the artwork.

First, the art surface is taken directly into the ocean waves

where the first layer of random patterns is deposited in sand.

Then, the surface is taken away from the waves and acrylic paint

is poured onto the wet sand patterns.

The colors are mixed by the wind and wet sand patterns.

The drying process takes a few days.

Once the acrylic Ocean Wash is dry, the excess sand is wiped away.

The ocean has provided the images and

inspiration which are then painted.  

Occasionally I add objects the ocean has provided or other accents.

The ocean helps make these decisions.

After experimenting, I have occasionally painted the surface first

or added a modeling compound to change the possibilities.

The artwork, as is the artist, are always evolving.;;

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