Friday, July 22, 2011


                                 Friendship Sloop Races
It takes big contrasts to create drama in a painting.  Far from photo realism, I still believe this painting achieves a level of dramatic color, value and lighting. 

The technique is again to carve out the whites with the first wash. If the resulting shapes are interesting, and the washes are clean, the lack of detail is an asset in creating drama with big bold shapes. Notice that the white sails overlap and therefore create one big shape with oblique, interlocking edges.

These are Friendship sloops, designed originally to haul cargo downeast.  I love the long graceful curve of the bow and the rectangular shape of the main sail. 

It's hot here!

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