View Full Version : The Editor's Little Red Boat!

02-12-2000, 05:39 PM
Okay, gang. Now, you promised not to laugh! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif

Here is my entry for the 2nd Cafe Guerbois painting project (the red skiff). I did a 9x12 quick impression of Caillebotte's Basin at the Argenteuil (which was much larger, and had a lot more detail).

At any rate, here it is, still on the easel, and casting a nasty glare in the upper right corner because of crappy lighting:



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02-12-2000, 05:52 PM
Scott, one can hardly see the numbers http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif
Great job.

02-12-2000, 07:50 PM
Congratulations Scott, You did good!!!!!

02-12-2000, 09:17 PM
Thanks, guys - it really DOES look better in person. I'll try to take some better photos of it tomorrow (in natural lighting).

02-12-2000, 09:22 PM
You are an inspiration to us all.

Bruce Rohrlach
02-12-2000, 10:05 PM
Nice Scott - Groovey - Did you use only spatula's/knives or did you also use brush and/or finger tips? How long did it take to do? Also is the original piece posted somewhere on the web?.

If I was the original impressionist I'd probably lighten the distant horizon on the right to give a little more depth. Maybe a sunrise low over the distant peninsula.

02-12-2000, 10:18 PM
Thanks, Bruce. It took about 45 minutes or so, using an old bristle brush and a medium sized sable filbert.

Hmm - the paint is still wet, perhaps I can whip up some mods tomorrow... http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif


02-13-2000, 02:49 PM
Good job, Scott!! I agree with Sandi, it has a nice feeling of movement.
The only improvement that I could see, is maybe the addition of a couple of mauve trees on the right riverbank. Hehehe!

02-13-2000, 03:20 PM
I like it, and agree that the right horizon line should fade to mist. I'm "impressed' it only took 45 mins.

02-14-2000, 12:49 AM
scott,,,,,,THERE'S NOT ENOUGH GLARE ON YOUR PIECE!!!!!.....milt

"he who thinks he know all and knows nothing is king in a kingdom of one,,,,,or a critic" - the kobe

02-14-2000, 01:06 AM
I know, I know. My flash ran out of batteries, so I had to fire up a couple of flashlights to get the glare you see ... :-)

Seriously, someone should do an article on how to photograph your artwork with a digital camera...any takers?


02-14-2000, 06:46 AM
Brilliant Scott,
I'm all envious havn't started mine yet,
Rod http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/cool.gif

02-14-2000, 08:15 AM
Scott: How much is your painting going to sell for? When are you going to make your artistnation site? Do you take commission work. You see....inquiring minds want to know these things.

02-14-2000, 11:29 AM
one of my galleries sot some of my work with a digital...they shot it outside in indirect light....milt

02-14-2000, 11:32 AM
scott,,,try using a different brush stroke for sky and water. they are two different things. and a different blue as well....milt

02-14-2000, 02:56 PM
I've uploaded a better quality image (see the top of this thread). A bigger, and even better image of this painting can be seen at:

I've also added two new paintings....


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02-14-2000, 04:22 PM
I like it, Scott. I think it willo come out nice. Keep on working!!

02-14-2000, 07:13 PM
the choice of color is up to you. it is that you used the SAME blue that must be changed. normally river/ocean water is dark. but i see that you might have encountered a problem of showing the red if the water were darker. so leave that , and resolve the sky blue. also, there is a tendency to shade large blank areas from dark to light,,,as you did with the sky. this is not necessary. there's nothing wrong with flat color. but if it's an uncontrolable itch, try not shading in such extremes of dark to light. your large areas will actually look fuller.
tree reflections are dark, and that would help , in this case, in also popping the sail , which is a little confusing right now....milt

02-15-2000, 12:02 AM
Interesting point, Milt - I'd love to hear more of your thoughts around this. I would imagine that the strokes in the sky would be more fluid, smoother. While one might want to convey more of a sense of motion with the water - but what about the color variation you mentioned?