Almost finished, he came early the next morning to fine tune it with more rigging. Here are my mental notes - He was motivated by that piece of water by the hull, he set out to capture the shape and radiance of that above all. So he totally played down the sky, used a larger brush and free style on vegetation, and continued adding bits of interest to keep you exploring the boat. (You can click on the image to enlarge it.) It might still be for sale at Pleinairfl.com . If you want to check out his website: DonaldDemers.com .
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Plein Air Workshop !
At the Paint-out they offered a wonderful workshop. Donald Demers - the master of marine painting came from up north (his slight Kennedy accent gives him away). For someone into boats, it was the ideal location because that's about all they have there besides great seafood restaurants. My first night I realized that the directions "go to the redlight", really means the only one as opposed to the caution light. I know, how could I get lost in an uncomplicated "downtown", well Google doesn't know it's way to the "Wetroom" Reveal Gala at the Historic Cotton Warehouse either ! So here's my chance to return the favor of sharing a workshop experience. To start, he lightly scrubbed in some tonal areas onto the white linen-covered board (using no white paint in the beginning). Then he sketches in the layout with a small brush. Narrating, explaining, and conversing as he works...Don couldn't be a more personable guy.