In theory, the absence of Beautiful Wife and family means I can draw and paint more, at least untill I start the new job in September. In practice I’m not much faster because their presence or absence has no effect on how many mistakes I make and have to go back and correct.
However, I have finally managed to complete this pair of paintings of a Birlinn, a wooden vessel used as a form of transport between the islands off the west coast of Scotland until quite recently. Wikipedia has a page on them here.
I’m pretty pleased with the picture so far: the sky worked well, and the planking came out better than I thought it would, but there’s still something missing: it’s… boring.
I can see that the rock the boat is moored to is a bit too convenient on its own, so a few extras will pop up in time, and possibly be joined by a proper tide line; but I feel there needs to be more life, especially around the boat.
Any suggestions as to what is missing welcome…