from a dad's view

Sailboat – watercolor sketch

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Not sure why I’m into the nautical mood, but here is a 8″ x 6″ pen sketch with watercolor coloring. I don’t know a lot about sailing but I have a feeling that these guys aren’t in the best of positions.  I’m hoping to have another acrylic finished either tonight or this weekend for posting Monday.  Have a great weekend, and keep a brush in hand!

18 responses

  1. Beautiful painting, Ryan! I love the shadows on the water from the waves!! 🙂

    February 9, 2012 at 3:03 pm

  2. The colors are beautiful, Ryan! The water, foam and sky are delicious. I have sailed and can tell you that you are right about the people, they cannot stand like this on a deck tilted 45*. If the deck is tilted like that they would be squatting at the edge while facing the sail and pulling that sail to the left to prevent the boat from capsizing :lol:! Also when the boat is tilted like that to the right it means that the wind is blowing from the left and the sail would be curved the other way. I hope you won’t take this as a criticism, I didn’t mean it as such. It’s just once you dealt with wind and sails for real, these things jump out at you…

    February 9, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    • Thank you Alex!
      The only thing close to this boat that I have been on is a fiberglass bass boat with a 250 horse power engine, but I would love to give this a shot!
      And I always appreciate your comments and I have all the respect for you and your knowledge. Thanks!

      February 10, 2012 at 9:10 am

      • Thank you for posting the reference, Ryan, I am staying corrected. I have capsized a boat once, its position was nearly exactly as the one in the reference. While the boat was tilting and then turning over no-one aboard was calmly standing there looking the opposite way, LOL! But things were different in the this instance :).

        February 10, 2012 at 12:33 pm

      • You were correct before, just a different situation! What you were saying made perfect since to me, I actually posted the reference to show what I’m sketching from. I’m going to do more of the pen and watercolor combo as quick sketches and post both the reference and the painting. I am also doing a few plein air in the same technic, but won’t be able to show references. I think the pen sketching is helping me study shapes and angles a little more and the paints just bring it to life. Thanks again, and I hope to show a few more on Monday. P.S. keep the boats upright from now on! LOL

        February 10, 2012 at 12:54 pm

  3. This is great, Ryan. The ink marks add to the movement and the energy in this piece. WOW!

    February 9, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    • Thank you Leslie and I hope to see you more and more in the future!

      February 10, 2012 at 9:10 am

  4. Very impressive. Wonderful color and sense of speed and movement.

    February 13, 2012 at 11:09 am

  5. this is just wonderful. Never sailed myself, but I agree with you here.

    February 14, 2012 at 7:19 am

    • Thank you! I think we’re in the wrong locations for good sailing, but maybe someday.

      February 14, 2012 at 2:55 pm

  6. napabelle

    WOW ! I love the contrast between the thin lines and the water color ! Wonderful scene;

    February 26, 2012 at 8:14 pm

  7. Love your work. This photo hits home as I have been in that situation except with a little bigger sailboat. Keep up the great work.

    February 27, 2012 at 10:19 am

  8. aswirly

    I love this. It reminds me of when I was 10… I spent a year sailing the SF Bay on weekends. I’ve had a love for sailboats ever since. Sorry for my recent absence. I always look and enjoy your work, but it’s been such a crazy start to the year that I’ve barely have had time to sit down and comment. Hope you’re feeling better!

    March 6, 2012 at 8:31 am

  9. This is wonderful! I feel you’ve captured the movement and strenght of the waves… And awesome colors, too.

    March 9, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    • Thank you Calamity,
      I enjoy doing these fast sketches with a pen and then come back with watercolor and add the color. Thanks for stopping by and I hope that you do it again.

      March 14, 2012 at 4:44 am

      • It’s a good technique to capture things that happen as quick as waves… I’ll definitely be back again 😉

        March 16, 2012 at 8:40 am

  10. Very nice; this reminds me of a winslow homer! z

    July 11, 2012 at 6:50 pm

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