The Island Queen 10" x 12" Oil on panel
This painting is dedicated to my "Friendly Followers".
The Island Queen is a fun tourist boat reminiscent of the old paddle wheelers. She plys the St. Lawrence River , carrying visitors among the Thousand Islands during the summer months.
Rain was threatening today, and rather than paint something that I would ordinarily paint outside, I decided to 'push the edges of the envelope' a little and give myself a different challenge. The whole while, I lived in fear of it looking like a wedding cake when finished.
I used my limited palette for this painting. The big difference for this piece was in the ground coat that covered the gesso. It was a cad. lemon yellow, applied "runny", the excess was evaporated with a hair dryer and the panel then rubbed to an even colour finish .
My method for painting was much the same as it would be if I were painting a house. I established my darks first and went from there.
It was fun to push myself in a different direction and paint an unfamiliar subject.