Every summer people flock to lakes and beaches in pursuit of the serenity that water brings. London-based artist Yuliya Martynova captures the idealized tranquility of lazy ocean days in her series of abstract acrylic and watercolor paintings.
The series, entitled Blue Bay, focuses on aerial views of boat-dotted marinas. Martynova combines the fluidity of the watercolor medium with the opacity of acrylic to create these pictures. “I distinctly remember having the lightbulb moment when my eye caught a white brushstroke over deep blue and the little floating boat and shadow was brought to life,” the artist recalls to My Modern Met. While the aquatic blotches of various blue hues mimic the slow movement of the water, the stark white sailboats stand out as relaxing subjects for the eye to rest on.
Martynova spent considerable time experimenting with various mediums before deciding that watercolor depicted the depth of the ocean best. Additionally, the artist is purposeful about the size of her work. Blue Bay pictures are all painted on small and medium canvases to make the monochrome maritime worlds more personal and immersive for viewers.
You can own works from the Blue Bay series by visiting Martynova’s online store.