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|Also titled "Red Sails" (watercolor on Yupo, 20" x 26")|
Hello, June! With one foot into the summer, I thought it would be a terrific idea to do a series of boat/ship paintings this month. The June Challenge is "Sail Away"! To kick off the series, I revisited an old painting of Newport, OR. The fishing boat with red sails had become a floating museum of seafaring in this picturesque working harbor, where my family spent a lovely day during a vacation in 2001.
I painted the first "Red Sails" in watercolor on an unpredictable support, Yupo. It turned out well to my relief; it went on to be juried into the Art League Landscape Show in 2002 and was sold in my first solo show in 2006.
It was my husband who suggested that I should do a painting of "Red Sails" in oil. Why not? I cropped the scene into a square format and came up with a new color scheme of red and green with blue gray and grayed yellow orange as the neutral backdrop. It was a perfect project to test out Gregory Packard's method of a neutral, mid-tone beginning. The busiest, brightest, lightest, and darkest elements of the painting are all packed into the central area.
I loved the watercolor version and was a little sad when it got sold. Now I have a new "Red Sails" to look at. So please tell me which version you like better?