Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Morning Calm

Original Acrylic on Canvas  16 x 20  Framed $450
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This is a scene from Saltspring Island. I was up early and photographed this peaceful scene with the little fishing boat tied up. I loved the light on the boat and the diagonal line formed by the current in the water, leading in a curve toward the boat. I had to lighten the background mountains a few times to push them back sufficiently. The foreground shadows were formed by a tree and I considered putting in a piece of branch to explain the shadow, but decided it would be too distracting. Does anyone have any thoughts on that? I could still put it in.



  1. Oh Claire...this one is special! I LOVE it! I'm not sure that you need anything more but maybe you sense that you do. Food for thought....what about just the sliver edge of the base of the trunk just touching the bottom left or a possible gnarled above ground root end. It really is QUITE nice just the way it is though! I'll be curious to hear what others might suggest.

  2. Hi Claire
    No need for the tree branch. The directional lines in this composition are good. I particularly like the undulating repetitious curved lines beginning under the boat going right to left; they help to bring the eye back down into the painting.

  3. I don't think you need the tree branch either. This has a charm and elegance that is complete.

  4. Oh yes, and thank you for your very complimentary comments on my blog. Hope you will follow as I have signed up to follow your still lifes!

  5. Thank you for your thoughtful answers to my question. Sometimes you're just not sure and being able to receive feedback from other artists is one of great benefits of blogging. So the painting will remain as it is, no branch added!