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.


4 thoughts on “Pushing the boat out.

    • Thanks Iain. The sky was a happy accident: I have no idea of I could do it again…

      The painting is a bit further along than this now, and I’m trying to get to grips with the shading and details.

      I scumbled the sky with a dry brush which isn’t as easy on small details with straight lines. How would you do the subtler shades in the details?

      • I would try to keep the effects of light paramount and let that inform my painting…so start with washes of colour and nbuild up in layers, while not getting too hung up about tighness and what you think it should look like…paint what’s there. I wouldn’t go near the detail with scumble, even though it has worked so well on the sky, which is superb. I’d like to see how you are getting on… 🙂

  1. Hello Iain. Thanks for the suggestions. My question about scumble was out of experience after trying to do the ground area, so I’m going to have to redo the detail over that. I’ll work on developing the light effects tomorrow…

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