Lovric’s boatyardPosted: January 14, 2017
A few years ago I did a preparatory sketch for a bigger painting of a scene at Lovric’s boatyard in Anacortes, Washington. Reading my post about that sketch again today, I saw that I hoped to do a bigger painting soon. Well, it’s almost two years later, but nobody’s counting, right? Here’s the original sketch I did in watercolour, and what intrigued me then about the scene (the end of day light) was still what I was trying to capture this week.
For this larger painting (16″ x 20″) I decided to try it in oils. It was a real learning experience for me, once again, with this new medium. Since this is only my third full oil painting, there are still many things that I am experimenting with for the first time. For example, the rigging and thinner lines are more difficult in oil. You have to wait for the layers underneath to dry before you add more lines on top. That is never something that I worry about in watercolour. Also, there were areas that I wasn’t happy with in the painting, so I scraped them out with a knife (first time for that too) and repainted them until I was satisfied with the colour. And then there’s the process of photographing the work! I tried a studio shot using the lights and technique I usually use for watercolours, but the shiny oil paint creates a lot of glare. After a few tries, I ended up going outside with the painting, putting it on my cold stone walkway and taking a photo of it in natural light. The colour is not quite right but at least the glare is gone.
Next week: back to school which means more quick sketches and few paintings. Sigh.