Sometimes it’s hard for me to appreciate my own work. I had just picked up this small painting the other day after not seeing it for a while and I felt like it had stood the test of time. I looked at it and I was pleased with what I saw. I felt like hanging it up in my studio for a while to remind me of being on the water in Maine. But before I could a collector bought it!
I’m always glad when my paintings find a home. This painting of the Isaac H. Evans, the American Eagle and the Heritage schooner I approached a little differently when painting it.
I wanted to create a serene setting. I felt like using a wet on wet technique on the water, like many artists use with watercolor paints, would help create a blended, softness to the transitions of colors and reflections in the water. After doing so and letting it dry, I went back over and added some definition with dabs of color.
The composition was already created for me and I lucked out with the time of day and the lighting. I’m so glad that someone discovered and bought this painting for it has become one of my favorites.