Sunday, January 30, 2011

Small Boat Study

Old Sailor Again
4" x 6"
Another small boat painted for fun and practice.  This is the bow of one I painted earlier, (see December 17, 2010 in archive) done in a looser, faster style.  Water's a fascinating subject, always changing, reflecting sky and objects in a soup of its own color.   Dark colors reflect lighter and light colors reflect darker... what a mystery.  And it's amazing how a stroke will either read as water or stick out like a floating, well... stick.  I spent many hours in New York staring at Monet's  paintings, entranced at how his "loose" brushstrokes worked together to create the flow and sparkle of water.  What a master he was!  And what a beautiful challenge painting water is!

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