The actual scene
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
I met Sally Dean at Green Harbor this morning for a plein air workout. Trust me, it was a workout. Let me count the ways things can go awry when painting boats. The tide is going out. The sun is moving. The boats are moving. After fighting the composition by wiping out some of the boats, I settled on just making a complete statement and spent the rest of the time making the painting work. Using artistic license I eliminated the rest of the houses and boats and made the trees look like Maine. I didn't see it until I photographed it but there's a major tangent running from the cabin of the boat up the edge of the house. I think I'll give it another try tomorrow.