Sunday, December 15, 2013

LAKE ERIE SMELTERS LYING AT PORT DOVER, Sketch No. 1


LAKE ERIE SMELTERS LYING AT PORT DOVER, Sketch No. 1
These extraordinary smelt fishing boats were painted from some photos I took in the 1970s.  They were designed to withstand the furious storms of Lake Erie by allowing waves to break over the top of the boat without swamping it; the crews set and hauled nets out of barn door size openings on the side.  Painted with a series of washes in the background which were then scrubbed off and over painted.  Sketches No. 1 and 2 were studies for a full sheet painting, which has also been finished.  Watercolor and gouache, 14.4x11 in.

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