And here is mine:
I didn't take any pictures while I was painting this since it was BB (before blogging). ;) I re-created a similar picture on a piece of scrap paper to illustrate how I did this.
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I measured and taped a rectangle in the center of my canvas. I also used the tape to create a few horizontal lines inside the painting as a guide. In my re-creation, I only used one horizontal line inside the painting.
On a paper plate, I squeezed out the colors I needed and left enough space in between to mix colors right on my "pallet" with the sponge.
I always practice on a sheet of scrap paper to make sure there are no funky sponge marks. If your sponge is making a funky mark, turn the sponge until you get good dab marks.
I started on the bottom by drawing a wave with my sponge by dragging it across the canvas as a guide. Then, I started dabbing paint on until the entire abstract wave was covered. Here is a picture of the 2nd abstract wave drawn with the sponge before I dabbed paint in to fill it.
I loaded some blue and white paint on my flat brush without blending it too well and just brushed it across the top of the rectangle to make the sky.
I allowed the paint to dry, then I removed the horizontal tape and placed it at the bottom of where the sky would be.
I removed all the tape after the paint was dry to the touch.
I practiced making the sea oats on a scrap piece of paper until I felt comfortable using my fan brush.
I removed the tape, then added the fuzzy oats.
I used brown paint to create the oats, then reloaded my brush with some white paint to add some depth to them. I used the same technique to create the other 3 oats.
Along the edges of the canvas, I used my sponge and brown paint to get that "aged" look. I also dabbed a little brown paint in the white section and blended it so it was not so stark white.
Here are some more pictures of my painting:
I am really happy at how it turned out and even happier that I only spent $22 for the canvas and the hardware to hang it!