Martin 16 moment

It happens occasionally when I’m working on location that suddenly something more interesting than what I’m painting catches my eye. That was the case yesterday. I was drawing the masts in the harbour, when a Martin 16 sailboat sailed past and docked next to another boat. The two sails set against the dark building was so striking that I set aside my first painting and quickly did a pencil sketch of this scene.

If you’re not familiar with the Martin 16 boats, read about them here. I tried to capture a bit of the action when the boat came in, but it wasn’t long before the sail was down, the instructors were gone, and I had to finish that part of the scene from memory.

The scene I was going to draw was the one I do often of the docked boats. Below is one I did a few years back. If you’re interested in learning how to simplify a complex scene like this one, my online course “Sketching Boats: Simple Solutions for a Complex Scene” is on sale until tomorrow at midnight! No coupon necessary at checkout.

7 Comments on “Martin 16 moment”

  1. Great scene, seems so tropical.
    The Martin 16 – brilliant idea!


  2. cuzinevie says:

    Thank you for introducing Martin 16 Sail boats to your audience. Best,

    Evelyn Redfield 🎨 The “earth” without “art” is just “eh.”



  3. Valérie Pelletier says:

    Captivating teal and such a lively and dynamic scene


  4. Geri Dunne says:

    I had some difficulty signing on for Martin 16 boats. I entered my info but not sure if it went through Thanks … Geri



  5. Northern Traveller says:

    OMG – boggles my mind……!!!!!


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