Thursday, August 6, 2009

Boats and Rigging

A follower asked me how I paint straight rigging on boats. Do I use an aid? No, I paint rigging freehand. Basically, I find using a larger canvas helps. It gives me enough room to put my whole arm into the motion. It also helps to move the umbrella out of the way so my stroke doesn't stop short!

Here's the Simone & Rachel again, this time at dawn. No matter how many times I paint this boat, there's always something different and fascinating. This time it's the light.

"Simone & Rachel at Dawn"
12x16, o/c

2 comments:

Jackie Griswold said...

The painting of the boat makes me feel as if I'm right there, in the morning fog off of Campobello. I don't know if that's where you painted it, but it could be any little harbor Downeast. It's a lovely painting.

Michael Chesley Johnson said...

Thanks, Jackie! It's right across the border, in Lubec, ME.