The morning was a downer.
I took the day off and spent the first few hours at the studio, mainly working on a study for a new watercolor. It didn’t go so well. Nothing I tried seemed to work. Nothing.
The best thing to do in times like these is to just clean off the paint brushes, pack up the papers, and take a break. It would be great to learn to identify these cursed periods much sooner. It would sure save a lot of time and grief.
Running errands, doing dishes, and visiting with mom were the head-clearing activities of choice. They did the trick. Returning to artwork – – this time at home on the computer – – a few successes accumulated before too long.
One of them was this little picture, which began as an ink drawing last week, and which got computer colors today:
The drawing was a take-off on a painting by Henry Scott Tuke called “August Blue”, fittingly. The coloring was done without the influence of the painting.
The composition in my version is rather simplified from Tuke’s. Two kids have been removed from the vessel, and a number of other boats had been present in the distance, but seemed like clutter, so they got nixed.
What’s left is a nice little vignette.
I like the way the boys and the boat turned out. The ink-based line work on the clouds and the waves is too sloppy for my taste. The addition of the second boat adds interest and balance.
Who would mind a nice lazy day on the water this time of year? Well, the boy in the boat looks bored out of his mind, judging by his body language. Maybe you can get too much of a good thing!