I painted this little picture while vacationing in Colorado. Obviously I didn’t work plein air. I used a photo I took last summer. We love to walk along the Newport fishing docks in the afternoon when the boats are all in and the fishermen are cleaning up.
This is the New Dawn in dock. I painted her because of the lovely reflections in the water. But while I began it because of the reflections, I found I enjoyed the subtle shades of gray necessary to give the boat volume too, especially where the floats colored the shadows.
I painted the reflection and the parts of the boat reflected first beginning with the red boat side and the gold float. Then I added first the lighter water background and than the darker reflections and waves in it. The lighter water is cobalt blue in the foreground and cerulean blue in the distance. I used burnt sienna to gray and darken and gray the blues. I used a little raw sienna to make the greens.
Then I painted in the dark rail, the lifesaver and the the floats to help me “see” the rest of the boats. The rails are phthalo blue mixed with burnt sienna. I used burn sienna and raw sienna for the floats and lifesaver. The background came next to define the masts.
With that road map in hand, I set about adding all the various shades of gray. For those I used all three blues grayed down with burn sienna.
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