Red sail, blue sail

I’ve finally found some boats in the water at the Beaconsfield Yacht Club, and lots of action on a sunny Sunday morning. This isn’t my usual boat club, but I will definitely be there more often this summer. It’s got lots more to paint, I can get closer to the boats, and there are views both from above, and also from water level.

Painting at water level has its challenges though. For this painting, I wanted to get in lots of the reflections, especially the red sail cover, which meant that I had to place the horizon line very high in the picture. I considered leaving out the docks that jut into the water, because the perspective was tricky, but I guess that’s the time you need to spend a little extra time with the drawing to figure out where they go, instead of giving up, like I was tempted to do. Painted on a block of Winsor & Newton 140 lb rough paper.


50 Comments on “Red sail, blue sail”

  1. Tylara says:

    Shari, this is outstanding. I always appreciate your boats but as a ‘prairie person’ they don’t resonate like most of your other subject matters do. THIS however is magical. The reflections are simply grand and the composition exquisite.

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  2. Elaine says:

    Amazing work! I think you captured the water & reflections perfectly ~
    I don’t live by water, so I’ve never tried it. Does not look *easy*.

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  3. Your water is amazing. So glad you found some boats!

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  4. Linda Murray says:

    Wow! This is just fantastic, Shari! Love that water and reflections – the boats and rigging! You sure have patience to complete this. 👍

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  5. Stephanie Descoteaux says:

    You captured movement very well

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  6. Wow, magnificent…!

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  7. Irene Reinhold says:

    Fabulous. I can’t wait for your next course even though I haven’t caught up with the last one yet. My big dream is to confidently paint boats and water. You are a great teacher Shari.

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  8. Kristina says:

    Your water is so good! I admire your drive to keep on painting.

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  9. Just love the reflections on the water ! Great job and thanks for your constant inspiration to paint in watercolour.

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  10. Bernadette says:

    Oh my, this one is another winner! There’s so much to love about this painting. I shy away from complex scenes but you dive right in and by doing so encourage us to do the same. Hopefully as we wade through the waters, we will improve.
    Thanks for your inspiration.

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    • Thanks Bernadette. It was a calm day when I painted, and that helps. When there’s wind, when the sun it blazing, I have less patience. But the mood of the day affects the time I take to really look at the scene, and I guess this was a calm one.

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  11. Donna says:

    This is so beautiful!!! The refections are so right on!!!! How long did it take you to do this? And what size? Using rough paper, I don’t see any indication of the paint running out of your brush. Do you use much more pigment and water? I would need to do lots of practice to get that much fluidity. Looking forward to seeing more from this location

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    • This is on a 14″ x 10″ block of Winsor & Newton Rough. Yes, you need a VERY wet brush for this. I am constantly adding more water, and I still wish it was wetter looking. As for time, it took about 1.5 hours. Thanks for writing Donna!

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  12. Carolyn says:

    Great work!

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  13. Nancy Poist says:

    So beautiful, the water is perfection!

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  14. Uma Maheswar Nakka says:

    Good Morning dear friend Shari,

    The water and the reflections are really looking quite natural and that’s my impression joining all others with a similar impression.
    Great you are
    Blessings
    Uma

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  15. Absolutely stunning. Two thumbs up.

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  16. sandidureice says:

    Beautiful water.

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  17. Chris Rusk says:

    No pain, no gain… this is outstanding. It is so nice to see ‘your water’ again.

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  18. Kristiina Sakai says:

    Simply fantastic in every way! I don’t often respond in writing but I do look, read and enjoy every one of your posts. You never disappoint whether it’s an old, simple wheel barrow or a very complex scene such as this. Thank you for sharing your wonderful work with the world!

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  19. Gail Jones says:

    I love how you did the water here. Super fantastic picture.

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  20. joantav says:

    Well done!!! I think the docks help lead you to the boats. Great reflections!!

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  21. Jeff Gold says:

    Wonderful! Great reflections and water surface. Glad you’re able to get out again.

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  22. Carolyn Smith says:

    That water is amazing

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  23. Iona says:

    Wow, just wow! This inspires me to try painting water, I live on a coast so I should try. Are you planning to do a class on painting water???
    Thanks for this post. Fabulous. And so nice that you can get out to paint again.

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  24. Wow! I really enjoyed how this waterfront scene worked out. It reminds me of a similar scene I’ve witnessed along Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

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  25. tim cenova says:

    Painting water and the reflections in it have always intrigued me, but my attempts don’t turn out as fresh as yours. Do you cover this subject in any of your videos?

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    • Hi Tim,
      Thanks for asking. Good timing for your question. I have a new video coming out within the week and the subject is… water!! Not boats, just different types of water scenes. I’m very excited to release it! Shari

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  26. Nice painting, I really like how you handled the reflections on the water.

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