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Step 7

After the sky was laid in, I continued to add washes to the water, establishing the horizon line, finished up by painting the vaka and the shoreline. Just to add a little life I also placed some [...]

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Step 2

I loved these little vakas, or single outriggers. This was my favorite so I wanted to include it in one of my paintings.A little up-close study and sketching helped me get it right.

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Step 3

In my studio I tried a couple of different angles on the outrigger to see which fit my layout the best. Ultimately I chose this view and decided to put it low on the horizon.

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Step 5

Drawing from my vivid memory of endless sunsets on Aitutaki, I decide to create a composite painting, utilizing the sky from one of my reference photos, and adding the vaka for a center of interest.

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Step 6

On 300 lb. Arches watercolor paper, stretched and taped to a board, I start with the colorful base washes or glazes using a wet-in-wet technique. The technique is loose with very little detail at [...]