Nova Scotia Maritime

Nova Scotia Maritime, final, signed, without mat
Nova Scotia Maritime, final, signed, without mat

Painting a maritime scene from a photo taken in Nova Scotia. In this class project, we learned how to take a photograph and arrange and compose it to make a better painting.

Source Photo

Maritime landscape of Fishing trawler and a Lighthouse
Maritime landscape of Fishing trawler and a Lighthouse

The photo came from a friend of our teacher’s. The problems that were pointed out were:

  • the boat is leaving the picture, which will take the viewer’s eye out of the frame
  • the image is split in half
  • it’s too busy with all the boats trailing the fishing trawler
  • we want the point of main interest to be on one of vertices of the 3×3 grid

Thumbnail Sketches

I did a few thumbnails on my own to get a feel for how I wanted the painting to look. I really wanted to have a lighthouse in there on the end of land.

Colour Study

Colour study for Maritime landscape of Fishing trawler and a Lighthouse
Colour study for Maritime landscape of Fishing trawler and a Lighthouse

Not being completely sure of the thumbnail I chose, I made a colour study in a painting journal just to get a feel for the final painting.

Cartoon sketch

Cartoon sketch for Maritime landscape of Fishing trawler and a Lighthouse
Cartoon sketch for Maritime landscape of Fishing trawler and a Lighthouse

Mask (frisket) applied

Masque applied to the unpainted paper for the Maritime landscape of Fishing trawler and a Lighthouse
Masque applied to the unpainted paper for the Maritime landscape of Fishing trawler and a Lighthouse

I wanted to keep several areas paper white: the boat, the lighthouse, plus their reflections, and the houses on the land.

Major work complete

The major painting work completed for the Maritime landscape of Fishing trawler and a Lighthouse
The major painting work completed for the Maritime landscape of Fishing trawler and a Lighthouse

All work complete

All work done, including details, for the painting of the Maritime landscape of Fishing trawler and a Lighthouse
All work done, including details, for the painting of the Maritime landscape of Fishing trawler and a Lighthouse

added a mat

Same as last picture, with a white mat around it; Maritime landscape of Fishing trawler and a Lighthouse
Same as last picture, with a white mat around it; Maritime landscape of Fishing trawler and a Lighthouse

Final version

Nova Scotia Maritime, final, signed, without mat
Nova Scotia Maritime, final, signed, without mat
Nova Scotia Maritime painting, signed, with a mat
Nova Scotia Maritime painting, signed, with a mat

Materials and Notes

Paper

Journal: Kilimanjaro natural white paint book, 140lb paper interleaved with writing paper, 5.5 x 10 inch, spiral bound. These are really cool, every watercolour paper leaf is interleaved with a piece of sketch paper. This came in quite handy doing the thumbnails on the sketch page facing the colour study.

Arches Aquarelle watercolour single sheet, 140lb cold press, 9 x 12 inch. The standard.

Paint

For this painting, I stuck almost entirely to the triad of:

  • Rose Madder Genuine
  • Raw Sienna
  • Cobalt Blue

Addtionally, I used a couple other colors:

  • Sap Green
  • Quin Burnt Orange
  • Chromatic Black (French Ultramarine and Quin Burnt Orange mixed)

Brushes

  • Dreamcatcher #10
  • Dreamcatcher #4
  • Kolinsky Sable #2