Sunday, December 15, 2013

LAKE ERIE SMELTERS LYING AT PORT DOVER, Sketch No. 2

LAKE ERIE SMELTERS LYING AT PORT DOVER, Sketch No.2
This is an alternate study of the unique smelt fishing boats of Port Dover (see sketch no. 1), this time floating in the morning mist.  Watercolor and gouache, 14.5x11 in.

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.