"Harbor Traffic" 6"x8" oil on linen © 2012 Brian Kliewer
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About the painting...
This lobster boat is actually one of the smaller ones I've seen. I adjusted its size for the painting because the look with the lobsterman at the helm was unnatural. To me he looked like a giant. I also adjusted the angle of the boat. Instead of coming toward the viewer, in the actual scene it was veering toward the left. I liked this composition better. In this particular painting, the schooner acts more as a foil than subject. I thought about leaving the building in the background out but it became an important element, helping to show distance. Everything about this composition works for me. The wake from the lobster boat leads you to the schooner. The sparkling water itself tends to pull you to the schooner also. The passengers and crew onboard lead the eye up to the sail. And the sail and boom together drop you off back at the lobster boat. This study has all the feel of becoming a larger painting.
And a special announcement:
I've had "WIN A 9"x12" OIL PAINTING, retail value $1200" on my website front page for a while. When I posted that I thought of making it one of the schooner paintings as this "Maine Windjammers Series" is something I'd been thinking of right along. So here's how it will work...
Fleet Week II will be coming later this summer. Anyone that has purchased one of my paintings through my site will be eligible for the drawing and I'll announce the winner after the end of that series. I'll be posting details on my site in the coming weeks.
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