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05-25-2011, 12:29 AM
This is a new painting I have just completed of the boat Ku'ulakai, that is moored at Steveston Marina, in Richmond BC, Canada. This boat has an interesting history. It was built in 1944, originally named the Lloyd B. Gore, the boat was used a Tugboat all along the West Coast of BC. In 1988 it was seized by the Canadian Coast Guard smuggling drugs out of China. The boat is now under new ownership and is undergoing restoration.

I took the reference photos of this boat as the sun was setting and a storm was moving in from the north-east.

The painting is 12"x30" and is acrylic on stretched canvas. All C&C welcome and appreciated!


05-25-2011, 12:52 AM
Picturesque :)

05-25-2011, 12:59 AM
That's a painting??!!! Wow! I love what I call working boats. This is exquisite!

05-25-2011, 01:26 AM
Neil, incredible. Its a stunning work :clap:. Just being curious: The oblique line on the right side looks hanging in air without support. Is it connected to the ship?

05-25-2011, 01:41 AM
Thank you for the comments! All those masts at the front of the boat are from the other boats that are tied up to the dock alongside it. I see how it could be confusing, but I thought long and hard about which masts I wanted to leave in and which ones I wanted to leave out. Hope my final decision worked:o.

05-25-2011, 01:49 AM
WOW, Magnificent !! What else can one say?
When I first saw that pic I thought " that is going to be a difficult thing to do", with all the shading and straight lines..then I read the Post and it IS a painting.. I thought it was a photo...Just awesome !!

05-25-2011, 05:25 AM
Excellent work!

05-25-2011, 06:28 AM
Wow, incredible work! I'll bet it really looks amazing IRL!

05-25-2011, 08:26 AM
This is the painting?? I thought it was the ref photo. wow amazing work.

05-25-2011, 08:29 AM
Amazing..how in the world did you paint all those straight lines!

05-25-2011, 10:51 AM

05-25-2011, 01:01 PM
:eek: Amazing!

I think I will just go burn all my art supplies now. :wink2:

M Douglas
05-25-2011, 03:59 PM
Absolutely wonderfully painted, I like that you left the extra masts from the other boats in, it gives it a more authentic look.


05-25-2011, 04:11 PM
This is a very interesting crop for the painting. I probably would have jumped in with a whole boat, water, background and the whole shebang. But I like this better. Great job!

05-25-2011, 06:14 PM
I love Photorealism and I'm sure you know "Ianart". You guys are a tribute to what acrylics can do.
Anyway: I really love the way you cropped this and your light is lovely. Very skillful my friend.:thumbsup:

05-26-2011, 12:51 PM
Wow, what an absolutely gorgeous painting Neil! I love both the lighting and the crop and the story behind the painting is interesting. You do marvelous work, I'm in awe!

05-26-2011, 05:29 PM
Thank you for all the supportive comments! I really appreciate them.

Derek, I love Ianart's work and am always in awe and admiration of his talent. With every one of his posts I see how much more can be done with Acrylics than I thought was possible, and it's great motivation to get back to the canvas and strive for those abilities.

Painting all the straight lines can be a real chore, but as I struggle right now trying to paint clouds on my new painting, I long for all those straight lines!

Thank you again for all the nice comments:).

05-27-2011, 12:00 AM
I echo all the kudos that have been bestowed so far - brilliant work! I love the cast of warmth from the setting sun and the seagulls are a nice addition. I have one small suggestion. My eyes are being tricked by a short diagonal that enters the picture from the right-hand side. Leaving the end of that line is another darker line that is probably a wire of some sort, so that together they form a sort-of sideways "V". I keep seeing that connecting wire as a shadow which then creates the illusion of the background becoming a backdrop. I don't know if I've explained that well and maybe it's just me - but I thought I'd mention it. Also, I forgot to add that the wide format is interesting & works beautifully for your subject. Thanks for sharing!

05-27-2011, 12:06 AM

are you willing to share what kind of paint/brushes/mediums techniques you use?? :)

chammi kaiser
05-27-2011, 09:49 AM
Superb. Love the format and the lighting.

05-29-2011, 01:13 PM
Love the light and shadows with the birds announcing a storm is on the way. :thumbsup: Love tug boats and history of the tugs on the coast.

05-29-2011, 03:19 PM
Okay, is this the photo or the painting?
Unbelievably realistic, I love it!!

05-29-2011, 03:32 PM
I really appreciate it when an artist can portray the meaning of a subject, (in this case the life of this boat), by their choice of mood, lighting, color, framing and composition and, of course, technique. Well done, indeed! You can sense the history of this vessel by looking at the image you have painted even before reading about it in your description. :thumbsup:

05-31-2011, 03:24 AM
Fantastic Neil, truly fantastic....
Cheers, Ian.

05-31-2011, 08:23 AM
All of the above and more, this is quite something indeed. Fantastic talent..bravo as well on an exceptional painting.


05-31-2011, 05:34 PM
Thank you for all the comments! I sincerely appreciate every single one.

Dusan, as for paints and mediums etc., I use Golden Acrylics, but have been phasing them out for Windsor Newtons Artists' Acrylics. I find I get a pretty bad colour shift with the goldens that I haven't experienced yet with the Windsor Newtons. Everything else is pretty standard. I do a fair bit of glazing to build the colours and blend them out.

I do have a work in progress on my site that shows the different stages if interested: http://www.neilhamelin.com/easel/current-work-kuulakai/

Thank you again everyone :wave:

06-01-2011, 12:55 PM
So beautiful!!

06-01-2011, 01:06 PM
What is it about you Canadians...fabulous painters!

06-01-2011, 01:07 PM
I'd move there, but it's way to cold :)!