View Full Version : " Munster "

02-16-2012, 06:54 PM
Ive been pretty busy lately but Ive finally got around to starting a picture .Its a medium/large (20" x 30" ) Acrylic on canvas and this is 2 sessions worth of WIP. The subject is a ferry owned by the British & Irish Steam Packet Co.
and plied the Liverpool to Dublin route from 1948 till 1968. Note the " Cheat "
strips to establish the fundamental geometry of the ship.(applied lightly and removed carefully !! )http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Feb-2012/96969-Munster1.jpg

02-16-2012, 07:15 PM
I didnt know using the graphy-thingy was considered a "cheat". :) I just thought it was smart.
You are doing a good job.

02-16-2012, 07:59 PM
Looks good to me!!

02-16-2012, 10:11 PM
Thanks folks, I say cheat a bit tongue in cheek as I suppose a lot of artists do something similar but there are amongst us people who can draw such things freehand, accurately but I dont count myself amongst them ----yet!

02-17-2012, 01:25 AM
very nice. how many hours in each session?

i use a projector to trace an outline :D

02-17-2012, 06:10 AM
If you drop all the socialising and tea drinking realistically about 2-3 hrs.so there's about 4-5 hours on the canvas from scratch at the moment.

02-17-2012, 09:19 AM
Nice job on this one so far, I love marine painting like this. They always demand that the viewer find out the history behind the subject.

I like your temporary grid technique too. Excellent idea. No cheat there at all. In fact nothing trains our eyes,hands and brain faster than seeing the correct proportions from the start. The freehand skills come from that.

02-17-2012, 11:30 AM
Looking good, can't wait to see when it's finished.

02-17-2012, 11:37 AM
Nice work for just a few hours...can't wait to see the layers!

02-17-2012, 12:32 PM
Thanks to everyone for posting .I only paint for a few hours on Tuesday so I am afraid its going to be " like watching paint dry !! " :lol:

Next installment Tuesday evening 21/02 :crossfingers:


02-21-2012, 11:41 AM
I decide to carry on with the composition today more than the ship detail so I have added a tug and propose to add something to the centre left foreground next session .I also had a fiddle with the sky and the " colour " of the Mersey and had a play with the 3 sisters. Hope you think its going in the right direction.


02-28-2012, 10:39 AM
Managed to get another few hours on this today .the photo is a bit over-exposed at the top but since I,m still really only roughing out and determining composition it'll do for WIP. Talking of composition I noticed, after I,d finished the session the the Tugs mast has a horrible proximity to the prow of the Munster and the whole tug will have to be moved to the left . UGH


03-06-2012, 12:56 PM
Its Tuesday evenuing so here's the latest, Ive moved the tug to the left and I am now happy with the general composition so I can get on to the detail and tidying up what is becoming a messy picture .I am afraid ialways work like this but thanks to Acrylics I get somewhere in the end. I hope by showing this that people who think they cant paint would be encouraged to have a go with acrylics when they see the level of correction available with the medium.


Kathrin G.
03-06-2012, 03:05 PM
some lovely detail emerging :clap: :thumbsup:

03-06-2012, 03:33 PM
It's getting there, looking good :thumbsup:

03-06-2012, 06:34 PM
Thank you Ladies,
It's probably along way off the finished pic ,but the "bones" are now in place.

03-06-2012, 08:57 PM
Love them 'bones'..can't wait to see what's next.


03-07-2012, 05:19 AM

let's hope the " flesh " meets expectations.

Charlie's Mum
03-07-2012, 11:35 AM
It's looked better with each step!
I always find a painting goes through the 'uglies' then comes out better the other end!!!:lol:

03-07-2012, 12:03 PM
I always find a painting goes through the 'uglies' then comes out better the other end!!!:lol: _________________


03-07-2012, 12:08 PM
It's looking good. ITA about the ugly stage - you can't get to a good painting without going through the ugly stage first.

If you drop all the socialising and tea drinking realistically about 2-3 hrs.so there's about 4-5 hours on the canvas from scratch at the moment.

Off topic, but how do you socialize and paint at the same time. If I am interrupted, I can manage "uh, huh, later, please go away." Any more, and I have to come back up and stop painting.

03-08-2012, 05:45 AM
Regarding the socialising ,that's the point " you can't " so you have to estimate how much of your time you give over to gossip and tea and biscuits when asked the "how long has ---- " question. The ladies in the group like a little natter :grouphug:

03-13-2012, 01:24 PM
Didn't get much to show for this week but Ive painted out the construction lines in the sky and done some modelling on the hull & titivating here and there. I hope to make some solid progress next week.


05-15-2012, 02:18 PM

chammi kaiser
05-15-2012, 04:32 PM
Wow, that is looking really crisp now. Can't wait to see the final. Love the tug boat. We had something called the Schlepper Ballet here in Hamburg last weekend . It is a huge Harbour Birthday - apparently the largest in the world where beautiful cruise ships and massive windjammers from all over the world visit Hamburg. Been going on for something like 800 years (mind boggles). Part of the celebration is an amazing ballet of tugs weaving in and out each other and dancing to bands playing. I believe it is quite something but haven't actually seen it in real life. Too many crowds for me. This year one and a half million spectators!!! You should take a look on the internet.

05-15-2012, 06:34 PM
Hi Chammi,

Thanks for posting ,I'll have a look on the net for that festival.
By the way ,I once visited Hamburg and did the tourist thing (5 young lads camping on our way to Copenhagen) including the Reperbahn. The girls in the " Eros " Centre were incredibly beautiful. But being on a tight budget ------

05-29-2012, 02:31 PM
I think It's finished (never really sure .I could fiddle on for weeks !!! but I'm getting bored with it now) AS B.B.King sings " The thrill has gone " :rolleyes: