Working Dinghy Boat an oil pastel (8×10) was painted on a gesso-prepared hardboard with a gray/white acrylic underpainting. Dinghy boats are always out and about along shorelines, in Maine particularly there are tons of these working boats, it’s how folks get to their larger boats/sailboats anchored in the coves or bays. Each had their own personality, the one in my painting was perfect – old and used!
I’ve only painted several water scenes with reflections, so I was happy for the challenge this scene gave me – producing a believable reflection of this boat. Also you’ll note in the scene there is only a reflection of the harbormasters’ building, I was going to leave it out, but decided to make it a secondary point of interest.
A frustrating aspect of oil pastels is that they are not conducive to painting with a brush, so many times you want clean, smooth forms/lines but with this medium it doesn’t lend itself so. The tools I use to spread OPs are my fingers, tortiliums, clay shapers and a painters knife – the oil pastels are too thick to be painted on with a brush. I only wish, such is life ~
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