It was such a powerful scene with the boats in the drydocks above and the ones in the water ready to go out on adventures. The one I chose to portray had a classic look of a loved boat that got to go out often on the bay. I always thought boats were a symbol of adventure and freedom and this one just seemed to say it belonged on the open waves and I could come.
The sketching in took a long time because of the variety of shapes in the background and the odd perspective afforded by the pier side. I had to draw and redraw a few parts to get it right. I have learned to be careful to take my time with the sketch it is possibly one of the most important steps.
I started painting with washes for the sky and the trees in the background using a large round brush. The water was laid in with a flat brush to get the edges of the ripples.
There is a lot of drawing technique in this picture, its kind of my style, I used small brushes and a liner brush to sketch with watercolor the boats, pier posts, and other details of the picture.
I work all over the place going from one part like the background to the foreground to the focus object. This way I can add balance and detail and keep an eye on values. I had a hard time keeping the foreground more brilliant than the distant background and still having details.
Watercolor has a possibility to give blends of secondary colors and shapes that you may not expect but if you are careful you can have some beautiful effects that way.
|Watercolor of Boat at Tanger Sound Chesapeake Bay MD|
It made a pleasant afternoon of painting and is a beautiful souvenir of a nice holiday on the Chesapeake Bay.
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