On Sunday morning, Bobbi Pratte had her plein-air workshop students do a black-and-white value study prior to a full-fledged color painting. I thought I would take it easy and paint just one boat after Saturday's challenge. I sat down on my stool to do a study of the boat with a turquoise cover. If you click the photo above, you can see my attempt better. It didn't take a whole lot of time and actually looked nice, although I later ruined it by accidentally putting a plastic bag for soiled paper towels on top.
By the time I got to colors, the boat on the far right had left. Bobbie thought I would be better off without it anyway. She asked me what I was going to do with the top portion of the painting, which was not like what you see in my painting (there was a lot going on in that area). I said I was going to simplify and treat it as one big shape of dark-toned reflections; she was fine with that.
One very important thing I learned from Bobbi is this: a boat sits in water, not on water. The line created where it meets water is crucial. Painting a simple boat was a good idea. What I like about "Turquoise Time" is that it has a clear, strong message. I often try to put too many things into a painting and end up with a fussy picture. As the popular saying goes, less is often more.