If the weather is a bit flippant, we go painting in this boat yard near the river. It was the season when boaters having their boat for repair and maintenance. Seeing so many of them together, so many choices, I was so excited. Walking around, I fell for this chubby boat. She looks so homely. I am not anywhere to be a boater but just look at her, big bold and cuddly! She is beautiful... and she is mine! I took a pencil and paper, leaving the rest of my gear behind, walked toward her for details and the feel of forms! :-).. I gazed and kept on drawing... I went back to my gear and started painting. The day was good, hot and sunny. The paper was drying fast.. just work faster..
As painting in progress, I heard " like a man loves a woman..", my favourite song from a radio in this chubby boat.. The owner was playing it for us. I thought. She's big, bold and beautiful! who wouldn't fall for her? especially in the coming summer, the summer sea!.. she's made of steel, she's heavy .. she's steady.. she offer stability, minimum disruption from sea conditions.. she offer perfect sleeps with sunset and sunrise on ocean.. she makes people feel home.. She even has satellite disc!
I tried to make the feel of the yard feel real, old concretes with greys and rusty old steel boat with a bit of Indian red and bars with darken viridian.. When I packed up and went home. I forgot boats are one of the most challenging subjects for en plein air!..
" ..Like a man loves a woman..." I know the feel of home in open sea is irresistible! .. someone just lives the dream.. but I am not jealous.. with imagination, I had gone a trip with her during the process of this painting... this is something special about en plein air, something about direct interaction..
"I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process." - Vincent Van Gogh
People said " Love is blind" or I had "lost my mind in the process" Both maybe true, I couldn't have seen the scene I painted was a challenge.. maybe because of the song " ..Like a man loves a woman..." was playing at least twice.. taking my mind away... and what I got left were "heart and soul" in the process..
|Wonderful Marine Watercolour Painting, Boats|