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Old 03-03-2018, 11:59 AM
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Oars WIP

Here is how I went about making the Oars painting.

First off, this is pretty big for a watercolor. 15" x 47"

From the local hardware store, I bought a box of decorative wood slats intended for use on an accent wall. I cut a couple of 1x2 pieces to act as braces and put together my support. I intentionally allowed the boards to gap in places.



With the support finished (and unsanded), I taped off the side edges, then roughly covered the surface with Daniel Smith Titanium White Watercolor Ground. I let this sit overnight to dry. My house usually has low humidity, so overnight was enough. Other places might take 24-48 hours.



This morning I penciled in the oars and began to put in the background. This was done to a large degree to find out if the shapes would read correctly. this is the biggest thing I have ever painted, so the drawing was key.



Using strong mixes of French Ultramarine and Burnt Sienna, I began blocking in the shapes. (Side note, I only use those two colors in the whole painting. Nothing else.)



I came back again with BS/FUMB mixes darkening the oars and dropping in shadows.



I went back into the background (again with BS/FUMB) to darken it up. I allowed it to dry and went back in again with 2" flat to add some drybrush texture.

Here is the final piece:



Here are some closeup shots that show how the wood slats really adds texture to the painting.







Later today, I will apply several coats of acrylic fixative, about 30 minutes apart. Then I will follow up with two coats of acrylic matte varnish.
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Re: Oars WIP

Very inventive.

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Nice...It's good you left the texture of the wood. It really adds to the result. Something to keep in the back of my mind.
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A painting after my own heart… love it!
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Very ingenuous...in my neck of the northern woods they paint a landscape on old saw blades...
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Old 03-05-2018, 09:51 PM
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Thanks, everyone.

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Very ingenuous...in my neck of the northern woods they paint a landscape on old saw blades...

I've seen that done before. This DS watercolor ground would work on that, too. It is really cool stuff. It is remarkable how "paper-like" the surface becomes.
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