Nov 15, 2012

Down At the Docks

DOWN AT THE DOCKS - 2.5 x 4 in. - $115 unframed

Boats at the dock, reflections in the water, my idea of a fun and challenging project on a rainy day.  Working with Harold Allanson a few weeks ago made me want to dig out my boat pictures and put some of his suggestions to work.   No, I didn't want to use a half-sheet of watercolour paper like he did; I wanted to work in miniature, 2 ½  x 4 in!  Things went well when I laid in the washes and main colours but my troubles started when it came time for the detail.  (I need my detail!)   My miniature liner brush just could not deal with the ropes and other rigging like I wanted it to.  It was time for experimenting.  I tried a variety of things: scratching with an exacto-knife;  painting with my ultra-fine brush;  adding touches with white gouache; and of course pulling out the magnifying glass.  It took all of these techniques to get my rigging up to snuff!
Down on the Docks is off to the Positively Petit Show at the Place des Arts in Coquitlam. The show runs Nov. 15 to Dec 21 with the reception tonight Thursday, Nov. 15, 7-9pm. I will see you there.

As always, cards and prints are available for all my work starting at $3.50.



Brenda Hill said...

All that detail in such a small space, fantastic!

Studio at the Farm said...

Amazing miniature, Wendy! As soon as I saw it, I knew it was inspired by your Allanson workshop.

Wendy Mould said...

Thanks Brenda, I know I am crazy but I really did enjoy the challenge.

Wendy Mould said...

Yes, Kathryn I have all these picture of boats just waiting for the right kind of inspiration. Harold's workshop sure fit the bill!