Friday, December 19, 2008

Watercolor Painting - Canoeing the Meramec

Watercolor Painting - Canoeing the Meramec

Watercolor on Arches 300-lb cold-press paper. Painting: 15" x 22" (38 x 56 cm), overall dimensions 21" x 27.25" (53 x 69 cm).

This is the finished commissioned painting for a friend of mine. He wanted a painting of he and his brother in a canoe. The intention was to create a river landscape in fall where the canoe would be a small feature only to be discovered by the viewer after looking at the painting for a while. Additionally, the ripples in the water in the extreme foreground are meant to convey the wake of a canoe that is perhaps following the canoe farther down the river.

Shown framed, there's a fairly strong glare in this photo, as I took it after the glass was installed. In person, the painting is very saturated with bright fall colors.

This painting is based on an earlier sketch which appears in the previous posting below.

There's other stuff at Flickr!


Kate (Cathy Johnson) said...

Steve! I love the way that you sort of discover the canoe as you look at the painting! I know your friend will be pleased...

And thank you for linking to my new gallery blog!

Chris said...

Lovely painting!

Chas. said...

Almost as good as being on the River! It's gonna look great in Greg's Office. A really nice painting Steve!

It reminds me of Monet's lesser known work during his years in Doolittle (before he went to Giverney). I believe that was when he bartended at the Mineshaft to earn money for paint. I'm guessing the painting represents man's inner struggle to understand our vulnerabilities in the face of the powerful forces of nature (ie the River) - either that or it's just a really cool painting!

Steve Penberthy said...

-Kate: Thanks for checking in and for the comment. I'm enjoying the gallery blog--glad you put it up. Have a very Merry Christmas!

-Chris: Thanks for the comment!

-Chas: Yes, I think you've hit on the essence of the painting. :) I myself favored an approach of chromatic nuance and the intention of metaphoric symbolism, but eschewed the notion of a turtle in the corner... :) Have a great Christmas!

jgatienza said...

that painting is beautiful!