Category Archives: Boats
24″ x 18″ 140 lb. watercolor paper
When we traveled to Croatia, we visited many small villages along the Dalmatian Coast and on the islands that dot the Croatian coastline. While staying on the island of Hvar, we walked out onto the dock in a small harbor where we saw this boat tied up for the night. Perfect! Continue reading
22″ x 17″ 140 lb. cold press watercolor paper
$250 framed (shipping free in continental US)
This boat belongs to Diana Olson. She gave me a picture thinking I might want to paint it. She was right! This was an easy composition to draw with all the straight lines. I apologize for taking a bit of artistic license with her picture by adding numbers on the sail and adding some clouds on the horizon.
I saved the water to paint last because I wasn’t sure how to do it. Even though it is a bit impressionistic, I think the contrast between the sails and the water really makes the picture. I’m satisfied with how it turned out as long as I don’t keep looking for mistakes :). And where was Diana when the picture was taken? I think she must have been jumping out of the boat, took the picture and threw the camera to someone in the boat as she splashed into the lake. That’s dedication! Continue reading
Framed 30″ x 24″
While in Honolulu I took a lot of pictures of the boats in the Ala Wai Yacht Harbor. I did a brief watercolor sketch while we were there (see below) and then did this 24″ x 18″ painting after we returned.
From the photo I simplified the drawing to reduce the clutter in the background adding several boats and a distant skyline. The photo has a building and some indistinguishable boat parts.
The most difficult step was getting the reflections to look like water, not glass. Light colors reflect darker and dark colors reflect lighter. The water isn’t still so the reflections need to be distorted a bit, but not so much that you can’t tell what they are. This was trickier than I thought.
I like the colors in this painting and the early morning light coming from the right. Continue reading