Boat Shed Gathering

Original watercolor by Peter Ferber


20 1/4 x 13 3/4 inches, 29 5/8 x 23 1/8 framed size

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“During a September outing in my canoe, I came upon this little “dry” boat shed. It had some character to it, but I wasn’t sure it would be the subject for a painting of any size. Looking at the photos later, I liked the line of trees and ledge beyond it (which actually had those Adirondack chairs. I didn’t make it up!) What I did add was the canoe on the ramp, and I swapped out the modern aluminum boat tied up at the dock for this vintage wood and canvas skiff. The next decision was the outboard. I’ve used green Johnsons a lot, and I already used an Evinrude in “Dockside Service” in this show. Mercury seemed too “racy” for this setting, so I check out one of the “second string” brands, Scott-Atwater. Reference photos online showed a very smart looking 5 hp. with a red accent that seemed to fit in with what I was going for. I realized this was shaping up to be more than a minor painting, so I decided to do it in a larger size. I had fun creating the rippled reflections which are key to a successful water painting, but my favorite part is the side of the concrete pier. It’s surprising how much color and interest there can be in something ordinary like that. When I put a final faint yellow wash on it, suddenly t took on a life of its own. And that’s one of the unexpected small things that makes painting a joy. ” – Peter Ferber