This painting is based on Jonah 1:4 and 2:3, which speaks of stormy seas. I have never been on the ocean during a storm, so I did some google research to see what it might look like. I watched some videos and looked at some photos, and started to feel a little seasick. (Well, maybe not really. ;) )
One thing I noticed is that the horizon is always changing during a storm at sea - it is not 'horizontal' very often. I would think that that is one of the more disconcerting parts of being there. Also, it is dark and difficult to distinguish the difference between sky and water. While I don't want to try to represent a storm realistically, I do hope to represent the unsettling feeling - maybe even the fear of being there.
Jonah 1:4 (NASB) The Lord hurled a great wind on the sea and there was a great storm on the sea so that the ship was about to break up.
Jonah 2:3 (NASB) “For You had cast me into the deep,
Into the heart of the seas,
And the current engulfed me.
All Your breakers and billows passed over me."
8" x 10" acrylic on watercolor paper