Early Morning Painting

As much as I love painting, I am intimidated to paint boats. They possess a huge challenge for me and remind me of how much I struggle to draw.

Today I met 2 artist friends, Mary & Jeanne, at a quiet little marina in the hamlet of Brookhaven. We arrived at 7:30 am to catch the early morning light which is softer,  with the sun still low in the sky, creating long cast shadows.

This is my unfinished painting from todays plein air session. I call this first rendition of a scene the foundation painting.  I get a chance to play with the composition, colors, shapes and size of the scene and work out what I want the painting to become.


Blue Sailboat

Blue Sailboat


I’ll rework this painting until I’m happy with it, I don’t mind doing the same images over again as long as I see myself making progress and getting better results each time.

You don’t have to create outstanding paintings you just have to find pleasure in the moment of creating art. I allow myself to enjoy the visual splendor of the colors of the sky, water and shapes around me.

Tomorrow get yourself up & outside early in the morning and see how the shadows look while the sun is low on the horizon. See how the green of your lawn hold it’s color inside the shadows. Look under a tree at the soft purples hidden in the shadows.  See  your flower beds with dark punches of violet shadows between the colorful flowers.  Now would be a great time for you to                            Paint with Me  


~ by Lorraine Rimmelin on July 20, 2009.

2 Responses to “Early Morning Painting”

  1. That’s so nice…I tried my hand at water colours but sigh…couldn’t get far…


  2. My first time painting was with watercolor and I too had my share of difficulty with it but..my love and desire for this wonderful medium helped me to continue until I was so hooked, it now fills my veins. Thanks for the comment

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