2008/08/08

Illustration Friday: "Sail" oil painting


In his younger, more adventurous days my father used to be a sailor, mainly on the Johnson Line South America route. Unfortunately the souvenirs from that time are all gone, but the photos are left and ever since we were little, my sister and I have been fascinated by the dreamy, slightly faded images of those days. Some day I'd like to make a huge wall-size painting capturing that feeling, but until then I'm practicing in tiny format.

This is one of those exercises.

Initially I gave this one up because I couldn't get the colours right, but the play on light and shadow still isn't that bad, so I've kept it this far. Perhaps I'll work on it later on, develop it.

The photo it was based upon is one of my favourites, 'cause it really captures the moment of a lazy sunny day; it could basically be any day in any time.

15 comments:

  1. very very nice; you have really captured the wind on the ship. this is no exercise; but a successful painting in itself

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  2. Very beautiful. Very relaxing for this girl who lives a chaotic life.

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  3. Oh yeah, you have a finished painting right here! Lovely!!

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  4. I love this! Such wonderful texture. I can actually hear the shirts flapping in the wind.

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  5. Fabulous colors and texture!

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  6. Wow, thanks for the comments everyone! It's interesting how quickly one (I!) forgets little, normally obvious things like the gorgeous texture one can get on canvas, until someone points it out. It's inspiring, so really really thanks again. :)

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  7. I really like this... it is an interesting composition and exactly what one might see if one had been sailing for a long time.. the movement of the air "shows". Nice work.

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  8. beautiful, like a breath of fresh air:)

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  9. what a fantastic and beautiful painting for sail. I can feel the breeze of the water blowing that fresh clean white shirt around. This should be in a gallery. Awesome work!

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  10. Thanks everyone for the wonderful comments! Always so encouraging. :)

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