Paint Boats and Reflections

Paint boats and reflections in oils or acrylics.

paint boats is on this dvd

This lesson is now available on DVD No.5

Paint Boats and Reflections in Oils or Acrylics

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How to paint reflections and boats beginners painting in oils or acrylic

Beginners can now Paint Boats and Reflections Scene

The colors needed are white, ultramarine blue and warm red (warm red is fire engine red or cadmimum red)
This painting is a popular lesson as it is simple to paint in oils or acrylic and requires only two colors and white.

The demonstration painting shown on the tutorial is 14×10 inches (350x250mm) acrylic on canvas.
You can paint this scene any size. simple boat painting
Do not try to copy my arrangement exactly, but try to paint a similar arrangement taking advantage of the ‘making it up as you go’ attitude and leaving the good brushstrokes while covering the not so good brushstrokes.

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You might need to try several times to get your background colors blended with the dark in the corners and white in the middle.
Once your background of the sky and the water is complete then there is no reason to go back over it, in fact you might let the paint dry before proceeding if you wish.

If you paint your boats small then you can correct them without them becoming too large.
Think about where to put the boats – balance your arrangement and do not put a big boat way back in the water.
One more point, keep your horizon line low. (‘horizon line’ is where the sky meets the water) The ideal place to put your horizon line is about one third up from the bottom of the picture and definitely do not put the horizon line across the middle of the picture (half way up – not good)

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  1. Dear Len,
    This is one of my favorite lessons.
    I can’t wait to receive the DVDs.
    You are so good and kind.

    1. Thanks Gitta – your dvds will take some time to get to you is US but that always do get there. Cheers

  2. Dear Len,
    I admire your work greatly. I’m wondering….if I were to paint a painting from one of your tutorials (or attempt to), is it okay if someone wants to buy it from me?
    Thankyou, Carol

    1. Hi Carol
      Yes it is okay to sell your paintings from my lessons.

  3. I love your tutorials! I am very new at this painting thing. What size and type of brush are you using for the Simple Boat Painting?
    thank you for you doing this!! You are an excellent teacher!

    1. Hi Diane – Without going into the video I guess I was using a 2 inch house painting brush for filling in the background and the water and reflections.
      The buildings and boats would have been painted with a flat hog bristle brush with bristles 1/2 to 3/4 inch wide.
      The size of brush needs to be in accordance with the size of the painting so you can block the buildings in with one brushstroke.
      More about brushes
      and more here also

      1. Dear sir loved your inspirational instructions

        1. Thank you Swapna

  4. Thank you Len:
    I am so glad I decided to try this free lesson of yours on reflections and boats, so simple and yet so elegant.
    A painting that can represent almost any large coastal city in the the world today, I loved the fact that it was
    created using only red, white and blue paints.
    I was so impressed of the way it turned out that I ordered your set of tutorial DVDs. today.
    Thanks again, Michael Moore

    1. Thank you Michael
      Your happiness is my reward
      And thanks for ordering the dvds, you will enjoy them no end

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