Oil on Board, 10 x 17 inches
This is another marine subject to submit to the RSMA. I liked the composition, with the sailboat, puncturing the horizontal horizon line, forming the apex of a triangle with the blue boat on the mud and the boat with the mast and red buoy on the right.
I find these kind of paintings, looking into the sun with water and a bright sky a real challenge of observing tones. The water is bright, reflecting the sky, but it is darker than the sky itself and the sparkling spotlights on the water are brighter than the sky. Our brain tells us the sail of the boat is white, but looking into the sun, it appears much darker than the sky.
Getting these relative tones right is THE key to a successful painting, and if you can get the subtle colours right too, double the satisfaction!