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Another Boat Painting


Brioso… another Leukemia Cup donation commission. Of course Juntos nee Bagheera had to get in on the action too 🙂


Ray Leubner's Olson 30, StellaRay

Ray Leubner’s Olson 30, StellaRay 30 x 40 oil on canvas

Painted as a donation for the 2014 LCYC Dr. Branch Leukemia Cup

Starting another painting inspired by our trip to the south of France.


Well, it looks as if I am stuck on a theme here… this painting is very similar in many ways to the canal scene of the Frontignan Quay-side I painted not too long ago. Similar subject matter, similar composition (although a very different format) and similar colors. But the sameness is not coincidental, they are meant to be companion pieces displayed on two different walls in the same room.

This is an image of rowing boats tied up along side a quay along the River Herault as it passes through the town of Agde, a medieval town in the south of France and serviced by the Canal du Rhone. These boats are used for rowing competitions, oft times fueled by large quantities of the local red. Apparently the races can be very entertaining to watch!

But after this I’ll take a break from this subject as I have two commissions to paint, both of sailboats – should be fun and I’m looking forward to doing them.

Frontignan Quayside Done! (I think…)

Well, I am pretty much finished with it. I can see a few minor corrections to make but I’m pretty happy with it. It is first one I’ve done in a couple years and I’m ready to start another!

Frontignan Quayside

I’m starting to get back into the swing of things after having not painted for more than two years. I have to think about what I’m doing whereas before it just… flowed. But I’m pretty happy with the way this is turning out and it is going to hang over the side-board at Maison Barbara.

Painting again after a two year hiatus…

It’s been about two years since I last picked up a paint brush… Lannie started teaching a painting class at the Grapevine Unity Church, patterned after a class taught by a beloved teacher – Leslie Carter – back in Corona, CA. In fact, that’s where we met.

Leslie taught a method that used a subtractive process monochromatic underpainting. While I no longer strictly use that process, I still like to rough in my painting with the values in a mixture of burnt sienna and burnt umber. That way I can see if the composition and balance are good. It also gives me a bit of a road map!

This painting is of the canal-side quay in Frontignan, on the Canal du Rhone. (Frontignan is just about ten kilometers or so from the Mediterranean port of Sete.) These boats were probably restored just to look good tied up along the quay. I wonder how often they actually got out!

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