My latest painting offered some unique challenges. First was making sure my underdrawing of the boat and the flow of the planks in the hull were correct and that i got the perspective right. Next was my gut feeling that i needed more than just this beautiful boat, my original photograph that i took ages ago had no sleeping workmen on the boat ( that would have been ideal!) so i always push myself to attempt figures, sometimes they come out good often it's hit or miss...these two didn't come out half bad, i can draw figures with ease but painting them is another story altogether. The big white tarpaulin covering the boat is basically white so i knew i had to make it work with some subtle blue shadows, i also resisted the urge to draw the shadows in...i realised they would show up so just used one of my trusty escoda brushes and started out with a very watery mixture of cerulean blue and ultramarine, towards the end of the painting they were feeling a bit weak so i mixed up a stronger batch and i feel this gave it a bit more punch. With a fine rigger i added the undulating lines that run horizontally along the folds and curves, this really helped give it a 3D feeling. I decided to save the hull for later rather like saving room for dessert! The background boatbuilders hut gave me a few problems, my intent was to keep it simple and light in value....that failed straightaway! I ended up wetting it and removing as much paint as i could, problem was i used a new addition to my arsenal of Daniel Smith paints..Quinacridone Gold, a beautiful colour but boy does it stain! Feeling incredibly disheartened that i had ruined my painting (i always feel this at some stage in almost every painting!) i decided to start enjoying myself and mixed up a big batch or Cobalt Teal along with some various blues and yellows. With my trusty travel hairdryer at hand i applied layer after layer of varying colour to build up the effect of peeling and fading painted wood being careful to leave lighter areas for the most faded and where i wanted some yellow to come through. Overall i spent a very enjoyable day painting this one...i can spot quite a few things i would do differently next time but i'm very happy with this one. I would love to hear your feedback on this painting, good or bad always welcome, as long as its constructive. All the best, Scott.
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Watercolor painter En Plein Air in Vancouver, British Columbia and anywhere else in the world i can travel to.