Over the weekend, Barbara Yongue and I travelled to Georgetown, South Carolina to participate in a plein air event. Although I planned to paint my contest entry in another location, I started the morning with a quick drawing of boats on the river using a Sharpie on a gessoed board. I was inspired by how the white of the boat hulls and reflections glowed against dark industrial buildings in the background. Later I applied a transparent warm red-orange glaze over the drawing. Today I finished the painting in the studio. Barbara and I talked about whether to eliminate the buildings and invent a more traditional water and sky background, but I decided to just simplify the buildings and let the dark warm colors contrast with the light boats and sky. Since Georgetown is known for its paper mill and steel mill, I felt that the industrial look reflected the feel of the location.
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