What Do Strawberries And Seascapes Have In Common?

//What Do Strawberries And Seascapes Have In Common?

Strawberries And Seascapes…..heaven!

Imagine if all the stony pebbles on the shore were strawberries. Maybe the sea could be chocolate? But have you ever stopped for a moment to wonder what strawberries and seascapes have in common?

When Starting A Painting Of The Sea…

There are questions going round my head before I even put paint to canvas. I plan, I sketch, I observe and I perhaps rub it all out and start again. I look at photos I’ve taken perhaps a long time ago. The detail, the foot print, the wet pebbles perhaps? Should they all be in the painting? Maybe not, or maybe so. The nice thing is deciding what goes where and what gets left out.


This Leads Me On To Strawberries…

Have you ever looked at a strawberry? I mean REALLY looked? Perhaps yer too busy pouring cream and chocolate to even notice. (Or cursing ’cause you can’t get the green bit off the end?) However if you take some time next time and observe the true form of a simple strawberry you will never look at one again the same way. It’s amazing how the pattern forms, how it spirals round and every single dot, every seed head has the exact same distance from one to another. The whole form of it is truly remarkable. Perhaps if you are wondering what to draw or paint then it would be a good practice to sketch a strawberry (before stuffing it in you mouth)


One Tip I Leave You With

Observation is key. Seascapes and strawberries have one thing in common. It is nature at it’s best. When we observe our world, really embrace it, and stop being so busy at the moment (especially on our phones) but see the finer detail it all becomes clear. Even nicer still is eating strawberries by the sea, but I guess that’s another story.



Where Is Your Favourite Seascape Place To Be? Please Do Post below 🙂



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By | 2017-06-14T13:43:03+00:00 June 7th, 2016|Seascape Artist|6 Comments


  1. Petra Omoregie 8th June 2016 at 12:46 am - Reply

    I love this post! Me and my kids planted strawberies in our backround so I will have a close look tomorrow. I have a category on my blog called “painting exercise” where I write about quick painting exercise that I tried to do. It is hard to find easy subjects for this kind of quick paintings so this is a good tip for me and nice opportunity to mention you on my blog when I will paint the strawberies and write about it. Thank you Joan 🙂

    • joan 8th June 2016 at 2:43 pm - Reply

      Oh Petra I await in anticipation to see your comments and your creation 🙂 maybe you could also do a quick sketch of strawberries and cream…..and chocolate..hmmm oh and ice cream lol

  2. Sue 8th June 2016 at 8:30 am - Reply

    Mindful art is what I am now concentrating on when I do any. Nature is amazing. Lovely observation Joan today. My favourite seascape place would be whitby in Yorkshire brings back childhood holiday memories and the contrast between coastline and sea is great.

    • joan 8th June 2016 at 2:42 pm - Reply

      Oh Sue I’ve never been to the beaches “up north” …I’ll have to check it out. Sandy beaches I’m guessing?

  3. Amanda 10th June 2016 at 11:05 pm - Reply

    Great post Joan and very observant. I was going to take a closer look at a strawberry just now but when I opened the fridge I found that the kids had eaten them all….I don’t think cream and chocolate will go as well with pineapple. Oh well I’ll just have to have the bar of chocolate instead. I’ve never tried painting but a seascape for me would be the sand dunes along the beaches in Wexford. I would imagine it would be difficult to paint but probably very therapeutic.

    • joan 11th June 2016 at 2:19 am - Reply

      You’ll just have to go buy more strawberries and tell the kids you are “busy” Mind you have you ever studied a pineapple?…
      Oh Wexford,, I LOVE the beaches there 🙂 I remember as a kid going to Ladys Island and Brittas Bay and a place called the White Hole which was just such an amazing wonderful beach….could see sand for miles and no one else on the beach. My grand parents were from Wexford …such a beautiful part of the country especially on a summers day.

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