The first picture was done in pastels and I'm quite pleased with the colours as I think they show a hint of the scruffy abandoned nature of the scene. But it is still a bit misshapen at the back and very nearly went the same way as everything else into the recycling. Frustrated, I decided to pack my paints and pastels away and go back to basics with a pencil. It was the right decision and this drawing is the only boat picture I produced that I'm actually happy with.
I went to a demonstration recently at the Fleet Art Society and the artist presenting talked about the importance of sketchbooks for building up your ideas and composition. I'm particularly bad at this and I have a tendency to launch straight into my pictures without too much thought. Clearly this didn't work when tackling a subject matter I found difficult. With some practice and perseverance, I did manage to eventually produce something I was happy with but I was thoroughly sick of boats by the time I did. Maybe if I'd approached the exercise the other way around and tried more practice drawings and sketches before putting pressure on myself to produce a finished painting then I'd have had better results and a less frustrating time getting there. I'm off out to buy a new sketchbook but in the meantime, I hope you enjoy these pictures more than I did!