Wednesday, February 11, 2009


(4x6 postcard)
I usually shy away from paintings of sailboats because I don't understand all the rigging.
I have several books on sailing--there's so much terminology to know; it's like learning another language. Rosetta Stone should do a sailing edition.
I only know the name of one line, the dinghy bowline, called the painter.
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Teresa said...

Good job! You achieved an airy, open sea feel to the piece and the boat looks good. No more excuses about boats!

Mineke Reinders said...

I shy away from all boats for the same reason. I feel that if I don't understand how they're put together I can't paint them. But you are proving us wrong here, this is a wonderful painting! I love the whites, the bold perspective and the strong design. What's more, I can feel the breeze.

shicat said...

Hi laura I have quite a few friends that sail in competitions it's a beautiful sport and, let me tell you, they enjoy their beverages. I love the perspective of this painting.

Suzanne McDermott said...

Maybe it's the class you've been taking but your painting has really taken a noticeable leap. It's great to witness!

Teri C said...

It really looks like you are sailing across the open sea. Great job!

A Brush with Color said...

Wow--well, you pulled this off like a pro, that's for sure, Laura! I love this. What a wonderful image. You are really on a roll with these. I'm thinking maybe you ought to take up sailing!

shl said...

No more excuses about ANYTHING, pls--you may not know what a "painter" is in those terms, but you ARE one as all of us understand it!

laura said...

Thank you all. I think it's true, Suzanne, being in a class ups the ante a bit; sometimes when I'm painting alone I'm too easy on myself and keep doing the same thing over and over.

This was done from a photo I took on a sailing trip in the Virgin Islands. My friend Mike did all the sailing--I was in charge of the dinghy, and hence the painter. I want to learn more about sailing, but I think I'll have to learn by doing, not reading!

Re the beverages: From where I stand, Cathy, the sun is always over the yardarm. And if it's not, I change where I'm standing! ;-)


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