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water girl
04-14-2017, 02:57 PM
This summer, we visited relatives on San Juan Island, Washington. We sailed with them to Echo Bay. There were so many other sailboats anchored there. I photographed a number of boats late in the afternoon because the winds had calmed enough to present perfect reflections. Not mirror images of the boats, but slightly disrupted reflections. I was also drawn to the dramatic lighting of the boat against the green foliage on the shore. This is a very different subject for me. I hope there are no sailors out there to judge my interpretation of the rigging. :lol:
This is approximately 11 X 14 on La Carte paper. Thank goodness for TL darks. I also used some Dick Blick half sticks and for the final touches, I used a few half stick Senneliers. C&C always welcome.

Donna T
04-14-2017, 04:51 PM
This is really nice, Karen! Such a peaceful mood you've created with the solitary boat. The reflections look great and I wouldn't know if one of those rigging ropes was out of place. You've suggested them beautifully.

Frances Obie
04-14-2017, 05:06 PM
Absolutely beautiful!

Moises Menendez
04-14-2017, 05:38 PM
I thought this was a photograph! Great work Karen.

04-14-2017, 07:08 PM
This is lovely work Karen! I especially like the peaceful mood and the dramatic light/dark contrasts.

04-14-2017, 07:21 PM
Beautiful, I also thought it was the reference photo as well at first.

04-14-2017, 10:16 PM
Thats me for numberr three in thinking it was the reference photo at first glance, Great work !

water girl
04-14-2017, 10:28 PM
First of all, a big welcome to Dingo! Thank you Donna, Frances, Moises, Tammy and Lucyloo.

04-15-2017, 07:45 AM
Karen. Striking painting! You did an excellent job. (Those islands are a favorite place of mine.)

04-15-2017, 11:12 AM
Just what I would expect...GORGEOUS!
Your deep shadows are dense but not boring...did you use a variety of dark,darks?

water girl
04-15-2017, 12:37 PM
Thank you, Jay. You are fortunate to live in such a beautiful place. At times the "eye candy" was overwhelming. Whales, islands, ocean, mountains, etc, etc. Wonderful. Insprational.
Leslie, I thank you as well. The deep greens and blues are from the Terry Ludwig Intense Dark II box. The dark greens, and some are not showing up in the photo, are the medium to dark greens in the new set of 1/2 sticks of Dick Blick.

05-10-2017, 03:04 AM
This is wonderful Karen!
I especially love the water! Well done!

05-10-2017, 02:34 PM
Sooo beautiful Karen!
I have the Sennelier darks set, would love TL set too... those darks are so important...

05-10-2017, 07:52 PM
I love the water and the contrast of the background dark green and the boat. It feels very summer!

water girl
05-10-2017, 09:40 PM
Thank you, Laurie, Jess and stillwater. Can't paint without those wonderful darks.

05-11-2017, 04:37 AM
I thought this was a photograph! Great work Karen.

same here!:thumbsup:

05-11-2017, 07:55 AM
Awesome painting.
I also thought it was the photo first.


water girl
05-11-2017, 01:13 PM
Thank you, Gerald and Esther. This painting has been in two shows in the past month. I often hear, "That isn't a painting, it's a photo." That comment leads to my explaining pastels, a medium many people have never seen in a show. If they have heard of pastels, they think pastel means pastel colors. I just know that painting realistically gives me great joy, and that's what creating art is all about.

05-24-2017, 10:01 AM
Karen, Lovely! The symmetry of the work, broken by short lines, brings this atmosphere of peace. :-)

06-05-2017, 09:55 AM
Love the tranquility that this painting reflects. So beautiful.

water girl
06-06-2017, 12:46 AM
Thank you, George and Annette!

06-07-2017, 04:41 PM


water girl
06-08-2017, 12:04 AM
Thank you, Mikey!

03-18-2018, 04:41 AM
I too thought it was a photo - itís beautiful. Amazing:wave:

water girl
03-18-2018, 02:20 PM
THank you, Alison!

03-18-2018, 08:00 PM
Wow I am so impressed about this painting!!
The contrast is so perfect! The sky fading and the far away hill are so well balanced by the darks! It is truly a great painting.

03-18-2018, 11:20 PM
This is very lovely, Karen!

water girl
03-19-2018, 02:45 PM
Thank you Chapa and Michael! We were on a sailing trip with my husband's cousins. I probably took 30 photos during the day we were at anchor, trying to capture just the perfect balance of light as well as the position of the anchored boats as the wind changed.

03-23-2018, 12:22 PM
This is beautiful Karen... i find the "rope" work in the sailboat very interesting. Well done.

03-25-2018, 02:04 PM
The boat stands out nicely with the dark surrounding.

04-01-2018, 12:12 AM
Wow, photorealistic!