View Full Version : Oarsmen and Their Boat

03-07-2014, 08:13 PM
This is a painting I made on a photo that I took at Inniscarra reservoir lake in in Ireland a few years back. Oarsmen walk their boat by the side of the water before launching for a race. Their coach follows quietly in the background leaving the crew to focus on their task ahead.
System 3 Acrylics were used for this on acrylic paper, the scan of this looks a little more washed out than the actual painting.

03-07-2014, 10:55 PM
Nice sense of place and action. Love the color. And that sand rocks (no pun intended)!

03-08-2014, 03:51 AM
Thanks Linee, yeah I think the texture of the sand seems to be the best bit of the painting, the rest seems a bit flat by comparison. I just layered up slowly spatter for the sand with an old toothbrush and paint, although the actual painting rather than the scan also has nicely raised paint for the water ripples (used some system 3d acrylic there).

03-08-2014, 10:13 AM
Great compositional setup and color.

03-08-2014, 11:08 AM
Love the bright colors! You did a great job with the oarsmen...they're clustered into one interesting shape but you can easily see the individuals, too.


03-08-2014, 11:31 AM
Nice work. I especially like the texture of the ground and the bright colors of their uniforms.

03-08-2014, 06:58 PM
Cheers Derek, Jan and Cindy. I like the texture of the ground myself. If I were to look at it again I think I need to do something to bring the water a little more to life, just not sure what, maybe some white for the lake waves.

03-08-2014, 07:17 PM
Robert...I like this! Maybe if you posted the ref we could give you ideas on the water? that is if you want any... :) The sand is amazing!! and the composition is great! :)

03-09-2014, 05:56 AM
Cheers Susan for the Feedback. Yes I absolutely would appreciate feedback for ideas for the water, it'll be much appreciated. In the painting in the original post I rendered the water with streaks of raised paint (kind of impasto) overlaid on a background of the same general colour. So I'm not so sure how easy it's going to be to have total freedom with the painting at this stage. Because of the fact that it's painted on paper I wouldn't be able to scrape off the impasto again without risking damaging the paper, so I'll have to work with it, which I don't mind, I like the 3D impasto effect anyway, I must get some impasto gel for my acrylics. Here's a copy of my photo that I worked from. It was a very pale washed out photo so my pallette for the painting was much deeper hues, and is only loosely based on the photo anyway.

chammi kaiser
03-10-2014, 06:58 AM
I like this. The bright colours give it a good summery feel and the texture of the sand is superb. Well done.

03-10-2014, 05:02 PM
Thanks Chammi, I'm glad you liked it :)

03-16-2014, 01:33 AM
this is well done

03-16-2014, 12:34 PM
Nice, I love painting that tell a story. that have some action. lots of hard work here.

03-17-2014, 06:32 AM
Thanks Jocko and Hayward, glad you both like it :)

04-23-2014, 05:25 PM
Played around a little with this painting and added a little bit of life to the water and tinting to the water edges, I think this has brought the painting to life for me, the water had been so flat before. I think this has done the trick. PS I'm open to constructive criticism on this one. What do ye think?

04-23-2014, 06:26 PM
The highlights added to the water improves the work greatly. Love this painting, good texturing on the sand! :thumbsup:

04-26-2014, 11:01 AM
Thanks Wilfred, yeah, I feel like I can leave it as a finished piece now :)