View Full Version : Weekly Inspirational Pictures - January 13 - January 19

01-12-2013, 10:54 PM
Hi everyone. The weeks are flying by. Thanks to Jacqui for last week's pictures.

I hope some of you are interested in a few boat pictures. I took all of these pictures while sailing around last summer. I didn't take them with a view to drawing and painting, but it was while I was taking these pictures that I realized I would rather be sketching and painting these scenes than just taking snapshots. I'd really like to see some of your different interpretations of them. Anyway please enjoy my cruise with me.

Up in the San Juan Islands.

Some of the sunsets were beautiful.

I stopped here for groceries before leaving the islands.

At the boatyard for a little maintenance on the way home.

I'll post a few more pictures in the next post.

01-12-2013, 10:59 PM
A few more pictures...

Some temporary neighbors on the way home.

A view from the boat at Port Ludlow.

Finally two pictures of my own boat, Aurora, in Port Ludlow. The boat was in the same place for both photos, taken from different points of view.


Thanks for sailing with me. Please enjoy my pictures. I'm looking forward to seeing yours.

01-13-2013, 12:14 AM
Great pictures Philip, the Aurora looks like a wonderful boat. These will be a challenge with all that water and landscapes. I will give it a go. Thanks for hosting.

01-13-2013, 12:48 AM
Great photos! Do you live on the boat? That seems so cool. . . what a beautiful area that is and love that quaint shop. I have to try some of these on my ipad experiments :-)

01-13-2013, 01:47 AM
OMG! I stop by here once in a while & was delighted to see the pastorial pics of the San Jaun Islands! I've been to Orcas Island via Wa. St. Ferry a few time & absolutely love that entire area! You have a terrific boat! Do you live on it? Thanks so much for bringing back some lovely memories.

01-13-2013, 09:29 AM
Hi Philip... I see a couple of great references for your watercolours!

01-13-2013, 10:13 AM
Thanks, Jacqui, Rainy, Ginger and Char.
Yes, Rainy. Aurora is my home. It's not always a very convenient life, but there are moments I wouldn't want to trade.
Jacqui, I'm afraid I didn't provide much variety in this weeks pictures. But boats and water are what I see everyday, so that's what I am wanting to draw and paint. It will be a challenge for me, too.
I agree, Char. These photos just cry out for some color. Too many graphite sketches are like too many gray days. It's nice to have some sunshine from time to time.
I'm glad you have nice memories of Orcas, Ginger. I grew up on Orcas Island, so I have lots of memories.

If you are interested, I posted some other photos in the "Just Where Do You Live?" thread in the Palette Talk forum. I'll try to learn how to do a link.

Aurora's Home (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showpost.php?p=19394011&postcount=495)

01-13-2013, 11:37 AM
Philip, more great pictures of your home in that thread! What a cool thread it is, I am going to have to check that one out more. How fun. Thanks for sharing.

01-13-2013, 01:34 PM
Thank you Philip for the lovely pictures of where you are living. Very inspiring.

Carole A
01-13-2013, 02:37 PM
Nice photos Philip and they bring up some great memories. Friends used to be in Port Ludlow. They lived on their boat for several months, and we went with them up to the San Juan islands a few times, sometimes docking at Friday Harbor or Roche Harbor; sometimes just dropping anchor near other islands. After awhile our friends bought property and built their dream home on the golf course with an absolutely amazing view of the marina and little cape cod style homes. They have since sold that home and moved closer to Portland.


01-14-2013, 03:01 AM
Super photos Philip!

01-15-2013, 12:50 PM
I tried doing two sketches of the first photo. I'm not pleased with either.
I usually draw small objects. I still have to learn how to do landscapes. :-)
I also have to remind myself that I'm still learning what water does when it hits the page.
I like the way the watercolor does the reflection of the sail in the water. Not much else.
I found it particularly difficult to draw freehand with watercolor. I'm thinking I might have more initial success if I do a pencil or pen and ink drawing first, then fill in the spaces with watercolor.

01-15-2013, 04:59 PM
I had another go at it this morning.
Still not good, but I like it better.
5x7" watercolor

01-15-2013, 05:30 PM
Philip, that's why so many watercolor artist talk about "happy accidents". It's not an easy medium to control. These are delightful sketches. I think they look great. You got some real nice reflections in the water.

01-15-2013, 06:02 PM
Yes I agree landscapes are a whole different beast from sketches objects. You have done really well with these sketches. The reflections look very nice. I tend to lightly sketch in the basic shapes so I get an idea of placement and size and then paint, other times its good to just go for it.

01-17-2013, 01:26 AM
Thanks, Debbie and Jacqui.
Well, I'm not giving up. I'm going to learn how to do landscapes on way or another. I want to get some practice in before this year's sailing season.

Another try - Pencil (I wasn't brave enough to try this one in watercolor.)
Isn't my girl pretty down there? :D

01-17-2013, 02:23 AM
Good on you Philip, only way to learn is by doing. Pencil was an easier option probably, nice job. Yes your girl looks very pretty :)

01-17-2013, 04:29 PM
Jacqui is right, you learn by doing. She's lovely.

01-17-2013, 06:50 PM
Philip, I really have enjoyed seeing your own drawings of these wonderful photos that you shared with all of us to draw from. Just keep up what you are doing and enjoy every moment of your creativity. "Your Girl" certainly makes a lovely home and surely does look good anchored in that beautiful harbor. Today I finally found some time to quick-sketch my interpretation.

graphite and ink
on 8 1/2" X 11" copy paper

"Philip's Girl"

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c and c always welcomed!

01-17-2013, 06:59 PM
Hey! Graphite AND ink?
That looks so cool! Which did you do first? That's very nice the way you get a dark tone, light tone, and white...and I really like your composition, too!

Thanks for hosting, Phillip! Keep going with the watercolors, they are an adventure and a half; you got more volume and roundness on the sailboat with the second try. Good job!
You wouldn't happen to have a photo of the sunken derelict you sketched, would you? That looks like a powerful and sad image...a very good sketch!

01-17-2013, 08:23 PM
Nice ink, Steven. I like it.

01-17-2013, 11:17 PM
Steve, I do admire how you use that ink and graphite together. Nicely done.

Philip, I totally agree. . . landscapes are hard for me also. A whole nother thing from from drawing single objects. Nice job on your girl and the sailboat. I attempted the sailboat with the iPad using just basic one layer and simple pencil pen and brush tools.


01-17-2013, 11:42 PM
Great job Steven, I would never think to combine ink and pencil, nice effect.
Rainy love your iPad version. Nice colors and reflection.

01-18-2013, 01:30 AM
I like your colors, too, Rainy. I'll be happy if I can learn to make watercolors do reflections like that.

Steven, that composition is great. The boat always seemed too far away in the photo. You have a style that is very pleasing.

Dragoon, no I don't have any photos of the sunken boat. It was at a dock where I took the dinghy in every couple of days when I was anchored out. The next time I came in the Coast Guard or a salvage company or somebody was already in process of removing it before it became a serious hazard. It was lying up against the beach only about 30 feet (10 meters) from the pier. I was just lucky to have the chance to sketch it.
For those interested, that sketch is in the "And the next sketch is..." thread.

Thanks to everyone who is participating. This is a real thrill to see different interpretations of my photos.

01-18-2013, 03:57 PM
You're really getting the hand of that iPad, Rainy. Nice.

01-18-2013, 05:34 PM
Thanks, Philip.
Maybe you should do a watercolor of your sketch before the colours of that scene fade from memory? It might help you later, when you are painting more complex subjects...I'm imagining a whole shoreline/reef scene, with the sunken boat laying off to one side, as the centre of interest of a much bigger picture...;) Just thinking...

Rainy, I'm a little surprised at how well the water turned out! It gives the impression of sunlight moving through clouds over the water...there is a sortof luminosity with the ipad drawings...if you stare at it, it seems to move! Kudos!