“It is not the ship so much as the skilful sailing that assures the prosperous voyage.” George William Curtis
Water color medium by itself is challenging medium as compared to others. Therefore before attempting the final painting, I love to explore the different possibilities by doing small “Thumbnail sketch” or “Preliminary Study”.
The subject “Cargo Ship” is a little out of my comfort zone and moreover it also involves the understanding of ship structure in general. Therefore, I felt it appropriate to create the two “Thumbnail sketches” as below to visualise the final painting. It also helps me to simplify a very complicated painting and most importantly it is a great mental warm up exercise.
For both the paintings as shown below I have used a limited palette of Camlin Artists water color tubes namely
1. Ultramarine Blue
2. Raw Sienna
3. Burnt Sienna
4. Light red
5. Permanent orange
6. Chinese white ( for highlights )