Shipwright Service

There’s much going on in the boatyard these days, including lots of boat repair. Painting this scene of the Shipwright Service shed was a lesson in painting quickly, and also recording a lot of details both by drawing and also in my head when I set up. Why? Because when I was halfway through my painting a car parked in front of that garage door. And right after that another car, this one towing a boat. My whole scene was pretty much obscured, but luckily I had enough details in there to finish it up. And a phone photo just in case.

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21 Comments on “Shipwright Service”

  1. dapplegrey says:

    Shari I’m always in awe of your boats. I attempted one yesterday from a photo (I don’t live near boats) and the shape always somehow eludes me. This is beautiful. Thanks!

  2. Janis Scilley says:

    Thank you for being such a committed blogger. Your pictures are inspiring and your comments are insightful. 🙏

  3. TonyU says:

    Lovely location, lovely sketch … and it looks like you’ve got some sunshine too!

    • Thanks Tony. Yes, finally a nice week of weather. In fact, yesterday it was so hot and humid, we were complaining about the heat. We can never be satisfied, can we?
      I sketched this at the Beaconsfield Yacht Club, which is public and has lots more to paint than the one I usually go to. Don’t know why I don’t go to this place more often.

  4. Judy Sopher says:

    Wonderful boat picture. Looks complicated. Was this a limited palette?

    • Thanks Judy! This was a split complementary palette: two reds, two yellows and two blues (a warm and a cool of each).

      • Judy Sopher says:

        Thanks. The colors work together so well.I often get a couple that just don’t work and I am trying to use a more limited palette.

  5. jansiking says:

    Your sketches are wonderful, with just enough detail to suggest what we see and an excellent, judicious use of color and texture!!!

  6. joantav says:

    I love your light in this!!! Boatyards are difficult places to sketch in because there is so much movement, and when a boat is towed in it blocks everything.

  7. Bernadette says:

    Wonderful! I’d be overwhelmed by the details. You just seem to jump right in and tackle the problem by simplifying. I get tangled easily. Practice helps but I doubt I could ever pull it off! I need a much less complex scene. Thanks for being such an example of excellence of simple and complex! I guess that’s why you have such a following.

    • Bernadette, simplifying a complex scene like this does take practice, but it is not unachievable. You just have to look carefully while doing your initial drawing. If you draw all the pieces in correctly (and you can use a loose contour drawing style for this) then you can simplify when painting. If you need to, practice simplification on smaller subjects and work up to a scene like this.

  8. andre savard. says:

    Excellenrt, you can see that a lot is going on.

  9. Alison says:

    Terrific painting! The sense of light is wonderful. I like the lively pattern of warm and cool blues.

  10. Beverley Rankin says:

    Wow! I love the colours and the play of light and shadow. So impressive Shari!


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