Thursday, February 23, 2017

021817 S 18x24 Key West Boats, Version 1

I had a collector who had a Key West boat scene that he wanted as an oil painting.  The scene had a great deal of detail and was not a subject matter I normally paint, so I decided to do this painting with brushes.  I ended up doing a second version with palette knives and will detail that painting in my next post.  So, stay tuned!
I started with a detailed drawing on a pre-tinted hardboard panel that I had made.
I mixed dark values using Cadmium Red Medium and Ultramarine Blue.  In fact, these two colors formed the foundation of the palette for this painting.
Once I had the dark values in place, I mixed up the medium range values using the same Cadmium Red Medium and Ultramarine Blue.  I also used some Cerulean Blue, Primary Red-Magenta, and Cadmium Red Light. 
A sky color was mixed using Cerulean Blue, Ultramarine Blue and Titanium White.  For the slightly darker storm values I added a little Cadmium Red Medium and Cadmium Yellow Light.
As I paint the sky color, I also paint some into the water that reflects the sky.
I continue painting in the sky and water adding in the reflections and movement of the water.  I paint in the rigging and other details.

The finished painting:  "Key West Boats, Version 1", 18" x 24", oil on panel, c. 2017, by Charlene Marsh.

Next post, I will show Version 2 done with palette knives which is my preferred tool for mixing and applying paint.  Should be fun to see the different results!

Thanks for following along! 

Happy Trails!


P.S.  I love to hear from you so please leave a comment!   I respond to everyone.


  1. Both versions are beautiful. I really love your work.

    1. Hi, Carrie. Thanks for your comment! Not sure you got my response(below) since I did not click the reply button to send you a direct response(whoops!).

  2. Thanks so much for your feedback, Carrie!

  3. Both versions were beautiful; I like the smooth look of brushwork better - so would totally like the version 1 more. But that is just a personal preference.

    1. Interesting! The client I painted them for has not decided which is his favorite yet. He wants to see them in person first. I've gotten some feedback offline and it is interesting the varying opinions. Different (paint) strokes for different folks! Thanks!

  4. The second version is my favorite.
    But, as was said above, to each his own☺.
    I enjoy seeing each and every painting that you bring to life.
    I believe, Micheal Angelo said the sculptures we're already within the marble, he just helped them come out.
    Thanks for sharing your gift with us--

    1. Ahhh...yes...often the artist must "listen" to the artwork to see what emerges. Thanks so much for your comment and insight.