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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

A Moving Target

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"A Moving Target"
Oil, 8" x 16" on museum quality panel.
$650 with easel display.
One of the problem with painting boats is they seldom "sit still". Of course, the worst thing that can happen is right in the middle of painting an incredible boat ... it sails away (hopefully with its owner). Today, on the second day of Deborah Huse's "painting boats" workshop, we painted all day on the Grand Canal on Balboa Island. I found a wonderful boat but it had to be the only boat in the entire canal that moved and moved and moved. It took me over an hour just to get my drawing down because I would draw and then have to wait about three minutes for the boat to move back to the position that was reflected on my canvas. Within seconds, it moved again ...
It was frustrating and took me FOREVER to finish the painting. But fortunately I was happy with the result. I just bought a new umbrella and it worked perfectly so it was a very beautiful and pleasant sunny painting day!

7 comments:

Joan Breckwoldt said...

Both today's and yesterday's boats are beautiful. I think it's wonderful that you have such a passion for painting boats, and you would take a workshop to get even better at it. I think that's exciting!
I set up near a dock when on vacation in July and tried to paint boats. I did eventually paint them, but the drawing took me so long. I painted three dingys, one even was taken by the owner! so I had to substitute another. That experience certainly gives me admiration for your sucess. I hope you'll post more about the workshop, it sounds fascinating.
Joan

bricarwaller said...

That orange just pops. Wonderful colors, again! Great painting!

Carol Blackburn said...

Worth the effort, Leslie, it's just beautiful.

Becky Joy said...

Very nice Leslie. I saw on FB that you took a workshop. Sounds great.

Linda Popple said...

Love the colors on this one! Glad you stuck with the movements - your painting turned out amazing!

Marian Fortunati said...

Oh gosh... It is GORGEOUS!!!

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the sort of tiled look of the paint on the boat... beautiful Leslie.

judith said...

Really beautiful. I wish if this could be on the wall of my house. print photos

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