Inspired by the Ionian Sea

by Jane
(Suffolk UK)

Ionian

Ionian

After a lovely summer holiday sailing on the Ionian Sea in Greece I was inspired to try painting a boat scene using some of Mark's painting water techniques. I love using the transparent colours, but the early stages seemed just too dark and "in your face" ... so I added some titanium white which immediately seemed to kill the life in the painting ... aaagh!


As I paint on MDF boards I put it in the sink and washed off most of the white and then had a very happy accident when I realised that the fractal half-washed patterns actually looked reasonably like the calm surface of the Ionian.

I used some sand to create some texture on the boat deck and painted through a cleaning cloth to create the texture on the upper deck.

The winch was problematic in that it is on the curving cabin roof, but it looked quite odd so I've ended up with something of a compromise ...

.... perhaps I just need to go back to Greece to study the boats a bit more ....

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Aug 31, 2013
Terrific NEW
by: Jim

I really like your style and I'd love to have an "accident" like you had. With my luck I would have had to start all over again. I've used sand in my paintings before but I' m yet to try painting through a cleaning cloth. Definately have to try that one.

Aug 30, 2013
wonderful NEW
by: Pamela Meredith

wow this is fabulous piece of art love and love the sea

Aug 30, 2013
I love the sea NEW
by: Sami

Wow what a great accident, I want to climb into the painting and sit on that deck and dangle my feet in the ocean. I love the composition and the detail. Great painting.

Aug 29, 2013
Beautiful clarity & detail in your painting Jane! NEW
by: Frankie

Hi Jane,

Thanks so much for sharing your painting and journey with us Jane - don't you love a happy accident! Great work on the texture too - well done!

Cheers,

Frankie

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