I have a few paintings in a show at the Debra Huse Gallery in Balboa Island, California. It’s a show of boat paintings called “Port and Starboard.” This is a group show that mixes some great Russian Impressionist painters with American Impressionists. I’m honored to be included with this great group of painters. If you are in Southern California, please do check it out. The opening reception is June 14th , 6-8pm. The gallery put together a digital catalog that you can view online. It’s definitely worth checking out.
Since I paint boats quite a bit, I have finally learned to ask a captain if his boat is going anywhere before I start the painting. The captain of the boat in this painting promised me at least a half hour before he would take off, and then I got a luck break as I struggled with the drawing and colors on the boat. The local marina delivered the wrong part to him, and he had to wait around another hour. It gave me plenty of time to get the major relationships in his boat down and also start relating it to the overall scene. But as I worked on the other elements I kept thinking my drawing was off. The drawing on the canvas wasn’t matching what I saw. I had forgotten about the tide, which was quickly dropping. Once I figured that out, I stopped chasing the drawing around and just worked on capturing the light and color of the day.
This is a Camden harbor scene, 20×24″. I had a lot of fun doing this one, and hope to get a few more fun harbor scenes painted before it turns into a zoo down there. Once summer starts, it’s hard to get any painting done if I paint downtown.
Posted on Monday June 9, 2014 | 2 Comments