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Fishing Skiff, Baltimore

Painting started and completed last night, from a photo I took of a small fishing skiff (probably used as a crabbing boat, actually) tied up to a dock near the Baltimore Museum of Industry in South Baltimore.

Fishing Skiff, Baltimore, by Eric Belk

Fishing Skiff, Baltimore

I tried to apply the Lois Griffel method of layering colors.  Since this was a bright, sunny day, I blocked in the main areas with warm colors (the warmest pure colors I had on my palette).  The sunlit areas of the boat were blocked in cadmium yellow light, the shadowed areas in cadmium red.  The dock was lemon yellow since it appeared slightly cooler to me.  The shadow of the dock was dioxazine purple. The shadow of the boat was alizirin crimson.  The deck was blended between cad red and yellow light.  The reflected sky, believe it or not, was painted with a mixture of gesso and permanent rose.

I played with the shadow and reflection under the boat quite a bit, scumbling in dioxazine purple, hooker’s green, different blues.  I dry brushed cobalt blue into the shadowed area of the deck, and added some cad orange and browns (mixed from various combinations of cad orange, cad red, hooker’s green, cobalt and ultramarine blues, and d-purple) into the boat to add rust and stains.  I dry brushed yellow ochre onto the dock, added some permanent rose, then hooker’s green and d-purple into the shadow of the second level of the dock.

Overall, I think the painting works well.  I’m beginning to understand Lois’ system, and maybe I’ll understand it a lot better after my 100th painting…


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