March 14, 2022

My new project "Shore" - a whole series of seascapes - is very close to my heart. I love the sea, actually water in general. Even as a child, you couldn't keep me away from any puddle. The first time I saw the sea, I was overwhelmed. It was in Spain, on the Costa Brava, and I was 7 years old. I don't remember much from that holiday. But that vastness, that elemental force, the feeling of sand between my toes, the taste of salt on my lips... it has stayed with me ever since.

Painting seascapes against Meerweh

Do you miss the sea as much as I do? I haven't been to the beach for so long - we made the decision not to travel during the pandemic. I paint seascapes to deal with my Meerweh.

Meerweh - In Germany, we call wanderlust "Fernweh". The almost painful longing to be somewhere else, far away. And if it's the desire to be by the sea, we call it Meerweh. Do you know this feeling? A subliminal and yet so urgent longing for the sea and the beach? The longing to hear the sea roaring, the sand crunching and the seagulls screaming. That's Meerweh!

I dream myself to places of longing, hear the rhythmic sound of the waves, smell seaweed and shells and salt, feel the wind in my hair and the sun on my skin, I remember the feeling of being on a journey and put all my longing, my wanderlust into the paintings. In the next two months I will give myself completely to this feeling, take my time for my beach-and-sea paintings. In the first week of May I will present the paintings, and you will have the opportunity to get one or more paintings from the series.


Get a piece of ocean freshness in your home and do something beneficial. Our oceans need our help. The world's oceans are littered with plastic waste, cigarette butts, tampons, etc. They are polluted by heavy metals, microplastics, fertilizers, pesticides,  pesticides, faeces and other pollutants.

Deepwave is a team of students, scientists, researchers, marine biologists, deep-sea specialists, computer scientists, graphic designers, filmmakers and artists. For more than 15 years, they have been working together with other national and international environmental organizations to protect the oceans. They do not limit themselves to their own campaigns/events and public relations work, but actively participate in political processes.

I would like to support Deepwave's work. I will therefore donate 15% of the proceeds from the sale of the seascapes from the "Shore" series to the marine conservation organization.


I don't want to give too much away yet. But little by little I'd like to give you a glimpse of what's to come, and maybe that will heighten the suspense a bit. In any case, you can participate in the creation and the work processes. Until the art series is published, I will post small videos, pictures or reports on my social media channels. If you don't want to miss anything, just follow me. I would be delighted.

I have already created a video with the first seascapes. Get into the coastal mood, have fun:


What exactly can you expect? The art series "Shore" will comprise about 10-15 paintings. Maybe more. We will see how many paintings, how much sea there is in me. I have set myself these general conditions:

  • Format: Square - The smallest paintings will be 15x15 cm, the largest will be 80x80 cm, perhaps even 100x100 cm.
  • Medium: Acrylic - Some paint will be opaque, almost pasty. In other paintings, I will apply the paint completely transparently, as if looking through the water at the seabed on the shore.
  • Material: Canvas - mostly stretched on frames, but also partly on painting boards. The stretcher frames have a depth of between 1.5 and 3.5 cm.

There will be shore views, the pure vastness of the ocean, beach pictures... Let's see where my longing takes me. I'll keep you posted.

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About the Author Lea Finke

Lea Finke is an artist with all her soul. In her blog, she talks about inspiration, passion, and encounters with art.

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