I took the photo for this little painting in Depot Day, Oregon, last summer. Depot Bay itself is the smallest working bay I know of. It’s completely sheltered and hidden from the ocean, which is a good thing because the town that surrounds it, is one of the best places for wave watching I know of, and the only place I regularly see waves splashing Highway 101. Despite the waves outside, the bay is usually calm and a great place to find reflections. One of these days I’m going to do it’s cute little arched bridge entrance.
This painting is the first time I’ve used mask on clay-board. I used it just for the ropes and a couple of the highlights at the window edges.
Like the pears in my last post, this painting is painted on aquaboard mounted on two inch deep wooded frame. After I completed the paintings, I painted the wooden frame black and finished the watercolor with two coats of Krylon’s UV Archival Varnish, and three coats of Golden’s Polymer Varnish with UVLS (satin). The result is that the painting may be hung without a frame or glass. The coating is not only protective, but archival and removable for conservation purposes.