This time I combined realism (somewhat) with abstract. During my family vacation in Kentucky, at Lighthouse Landing, I walked around the marina and took pictures that I thought had interesting abstract patterns. In this one, I like how the straight diagonal line of the dock edge contrasted with the sinuous shapes of the lines (ropes). I also like how the bright blue contrasts with the grays and neutral colors of the water and the dock edge. There are some subtleties here, including the reflections of the boats, mast, shrouds, and sky.
The palette I used was phthalo blue, earth green, raw sienna, sepia, white, and an earth violet, I forget which one. It’s the first time I painted wood texture, and I like how it came out.
Today, I took my younger son Andrew to visit my mom. We gave her a very nice lavender scented candle, and a bright yellow kalachoe plant. She decided to buy my paintings called “Six Canoes”. It is an oil painting I did at Creve Coeur Lake in north St. Louis county. This is where our family sails, and they also have a rental place for stand up paddle boards, canoes, and paddle boats. One day, as I was sitting by the rental place, I noticed this lady in a fuschia bathing suit on a SUP. I really liked how you could see the canoes and stacks of chairs along the shore. I pumped up the light and warmth in the sky. I also like how the canoes are all from a different perspective from left to right. One of the canoes is hard to locate, but it is there. Can you find it?