I absolutely love painting boats and fishing vessels and look forward to painting even larger this spring. I started off this challenge by finishing up the largest painting I've done to date, a 30"x 48" palette knife oil on canvas that is one of the three I'm posting here. I began painting en plein air this past summer in Tuscany, Italy with my pal Wendy and have found it is something I really look forward to doing a lot more of this next year. I've gone a few times with my painting pal Anette locally and met some wonderful folks along the way.
Following is "COASTGUARD,"(which I painted from a black and white photograph my grandfather took of a boat patrolling Long Island Sound. He worked for the Boston Globe and I was told they used wooden sailboats because German subs couldn't detect them on their radar. Next is "SPIRIT," a fishing vessel I saw in Ventura Harbor and fell in love with (and it was actually called the ALEUTIAN SPIRIT) and lastly, my huge VENTURA HARBOR, a palette knife oil on canvas.