Messing about with boats.

I painted a small pastel of these wooden boats a few years ago and this week I scaled up a bit and did a 70 x 90 acrylic canvas of the same scene. It took much longer than my usual seascapes because of all the detail in the boats and the mooring ropes. I’m pleased with the finished painting as I think I’ve captured the light on the end of the first two boats which is what first attracted me to the scene. I also like the repetition of the boats and the patterns of their internal wooden ribs. The ropes add some horizontals and vertical accents and the reflections in the mirror like water give a tranquil feeling to the painting.

Here’s a few shots of the painting as it progressed.

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Initial sketch and jetty started.

 

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Jetty finished and the red boat started
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I keep working on the boats and add the first ropes.
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Boats are progressing but there’s still a lot of detail to go!
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All done! The boats are finished, the ropes are added and the reflections complete.

 

 

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8 thoughts on “Messing about with boats.”

    1. Yes – I enjoyed the different colours in the boas – but somehow I lost the lovely feathery texture I was going for and the boas turned into pretty solid boats. Still – the colours remain lovely.

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