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My current commission "Capriole"



I am very excited to be working on a painting for a very good friend of mine at the moment.  It is a present for her husband's birthday so I am going to have to tell her to keep him away from my blog for a bit!  It is a painting of his lovely boat "Capriole" and now it is nearly finished I can't wait to let them see it.  I have kept a photo record of my progress so far so this is how it is going: - 

First I started with the drawing - all important to get proprtions and the balance of the painting right before you start adding any paint.

Diprose Art boat yacht portrait acrylics Caprice

The second stage involved carefully masking the boat off with Frisk and airbrushing the basic background.  I just used a peice of straight card to make a mask to spray the horizon.  To me this boat has to be in a bright sunny setting with beautiful blue ocean.

Diprose Art boat yacht portrait acrylics Caprice

Stage 3 - now I get down to it with lots of washes to get the waves in - I want to make sure I am happy with the background before I start on the detail of the boat herself.  I love painting water - there are so many unexpected colours reflecting in it but, somehow, when you put the wash on it looks right even if it is pink or green!  Strange but true.

Diprose Art boat yacht portrait acrylics Caprice

Stage 4 is all the detail on the boat.  I have to get this right as it is what will make the boat unique.  I actually really enjoy the challenge of painting boats as they have elegant lines and are all very different - you could have two of the same desing but they would still be far from identical.  Their owners always add their own touches to their vessels so I try to ensure I have noticed all the little things which makes their boat special and identifiably theirs.  This particular boat is all about grace and speed so needs to be on the move with lots of action in the water trailing her.

Diprose Art boat yacht portrait acrylics Caprice

Provided my pal likes her painting I am nearly there.  I will leave the painting for a couple of days and look at it to make sure I am happy with it and tweak it if I think I want to change any details.  The boat now has a blue hood - a Binini - which we are thinking of adding.  I like the blanace of the painting at the moment but if her owners decide they would like the hood added this should be fine!  The beauty of a portrait is that I can change things (to a certain extent) should I need to.  

This is handy because the last yacht I did I originally painted it with a blue spineka as I had been told it was this colour.  However, when the recipient opened his present it seemed that the sail was, in fact, white with a blue edge.  Ok.  No prob.  Back to the drawing board!  Not too hard to alter and funny enought the boat's owner now thinks that if he ever decideds to change the sail he might get a blue one as he thought it looked rather good!!!  The painting now looks right and that is the real object of the exercise.

I am also going to put the yacht's name on the mount so once I am happy with it I shall get one made up and give her her title.  Should look nice I think.  Anyway enough waffle - I better go and get on with some more work!

Bye for now M x