Sunday, July 25, 2010

Between Juneau and Sitka: Appleton Cove






Painting while we hang on the anchor has been a comedy of errors. And a source of frustration. If the wind blows or the current/tide shifts (which it always does), then my subject is no longer visible.

While we waited for the weather to improve and the wind to stop blowing through Peril Strait, I decided to try something new. I studied the arc of the boat and selected three subjects along that arc. Then, I painted all three paintings at once. As the boat swung, I just painted what was in front of me.

Swinging on the hook. I will try this again.

6 comments:

Ralph said...

Ah the trials of painting outdoors. I have just begun sketching outdoors and I can only laugh as I read your blog. Yet still you get great art.

Celeste Bergin said...

I like how you designed a way to embrace the circumstance of moving while painting. You were rewarded by your innovation with three nice paintings! Brilliant!

Pam Holnback said...

Wow! I know what you mean about the view changing as the boat moves. You solved it so creatively!

Jan Yates, SCA said...

You are a brave girl! Problem solving lessons in every painting perhaps sharpened your solution for this dilema? I like the colours and stokes of the top image--beautiful!!!!

Katherine van Schoonhoven said...

Thanks so much for your comments! Ralkph, you will LOVE sketching outdoors! It will frustrate you and give you the best ideas ever for work in the studio!

Celeste! Thanks for stopping by and commenting! This was a neat solution to a constant problem. Wasn't you who told me about the famous quote about all paintings being about problem solving?

Pam-- you know from your own experience how things shift all around on a boat!

Jan -- good to hear from you! It's sure taken me a long time to come up with a solution for this problem, but it worked this time. And, I wasn't red-faced with frustration about it. Yay!

Carrie H. said...

I think this was a genius move! -Tripled your out put to boot!