More Ship Shape


It turns out painting a thin colour wash is a very different process to drybrushing. The rudder in particular looks like it was visited by a very incontinent seagull: more practice required, I think.

Still, the detailed bits are roughly the right shape, and most of the ‘straight’ lines are going in the intended direction.

Dark bits


Something of an improvement on the last stage: Teigl suggested using a wash to build the texture without drybrushing all the details out and I had a go today. Still needs work especially arount the front end: that big lump at the front looks too much like a fin.

Still, another step forward. Am beginning to wonder where I will hang this when it is finished, which is a good problem to have.



Ship shape


Base colours added for the hull, and some of the quayside. Not entirely sure how I’ll do the texture and shadow/highlights for this.

Really need to get the camera repaired so I can make better photographs again.



Ground cover in place. I’m not quite satisfied with the shade and texture, so it will need more work between assignments today. A large part of the unpainted area will be quite dark, but it has a lot of details that I want to include which means the surface needs to be lighter so it doesn’t just become a big dark splurge down there and defeat the object of the exercise. I also discovered that scumbling paint on with an almost dry brush is good for texture but not for working around fine details and I’ll need to repair this. On the other hand, I finally got the sea to run in a straight line, as it tends to do this in the real world.

This ‘realistic’ painting malarkey is a steep leaning curve. Still, it is helping my brain unwind after endless maths assignments.

Oh, and happy new year. My resolution here is to paint and draw more. This isn’t hard as I’m still using a sketchbook I bought nearly two years ago so my output thus far hasn’t been blistering.

Pushing the boat out.


A new project to keep my brain from seizing up on assignments for my carpentry course. Something a little different from Celtic artwork and I’m not sure if I can make it work. The sky came out well, although that was entirely by accident.

The picture looks a bit strange at the moment, but it will make more sense over time. Hopefully.

Try again…

I didn’t fall off the face of the planet last year: life intervened in the form of an apprenticeship as a cabinet maker. As this means learning Technical Drawing to a very fine standard I’m not always inclined to pick up a pencil in my free time, but I do occasionally have time to make sketches of things I see during the day. I’ll try to post some at some point.

We have Christmas holidays at the moment and I’ve started a new painting. I’m hoping to get it finished by the time I go back to work/college but don’t hold your breath. Pictures ‘In progress’ will follow as soon as the clouds depart long enough to give the camera some light to work with.

One question though, when you are painting a picture of something, a scene or place with a horizon that goes to the edge of the canvas, what is the ‘normal’ thing to do at the edge? Do you paint around the frame, paint it grey or black or just leave it white?

In theory I could just make a frame for the picture at work, but I’m likely to be as slow in that as I am in painting.


One of my children left thir sandal in the hallway, so I made a sketch of it.


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