Saturday, February 26, 2011

Painting from a sketch

The Dory
18 x 24
oil on canvas
I usually like to plunge right into a painting hoping it will be a keeper but this was done from a sketch and photo from December and I can say that it was crucial to have the sketch to refer to knowing that the mood and composition will work for me. I do love painting boats and buildings but am starting back to Okanagan landscapes as spring is coming and I'm itching to get back to plein air painting. In the meantime I'm totally obsessed with the bird photography and am up to 70 species on my list. It has opened up a whole world of life I was oblivious to before and in fact walked or ran by each day without knowing it existed. Below is a little Golden-crowned Kinglet that hovers like a hummingbird looking for bugs in the bark, too small for me to have noticed before but living right out my front door.


martinealison said...

Très jolie peinture avec une atmosphère sublime... beau travail.
Cette photo aussi est merveilleuse.

Marie Theron said...

Barb, your colour scheme works so well to evoke the real spirit of the boat! Not a sweet boat, but a hard-working little vessel!