Boats at Bayside Marina, Morro Bay, CA

transparent watercolor boats, watercolor bayside, doug stenhouse, Morro Bay Watercolor Art


This painting was executed in 2008 during the San Luis Obispo Plein Air Festival in which I have been selected to participate for many years.  It was painted in the afternoon and took me several hours to complete and is one of my looser paintings.  This was a lovely day, inspiring me to capture the way the water captures the light and colors of the sky, trees and boats.

I love painting sailboats, since we used to travel down from our home in Washington, DC, to Gibson Island, MD, where my godmother had a lovely summer home and sailboats on the Chesapeake Bay.  Dad would take me out painting with him, and I so enjoyed watching him paint boats and seashores. This inspired me to paint even as a little boy, and it ledme to take art courses later on at St. Albans School.  This school had a marvelous art program and teacher named Dean Stambaugh.

Painting boats is something I especially enjoy doing, but usually boats sitting in harbors. Consider also painting boats as they are moving about.  I’ve done this on several occasions … in Nova Scotia as a teenager, but also down on the Chesapeake Bay… and even around the coastline where I now live in the South Bay.  This is bit more challenging!

Douglas Stenhouse also wrote a book about watercolor painting.

“I decided to write about how I paint, not only to share my observations with others, but also, frankly, to do some self- examination. I wish I had done this earlier in my life! But then, how was I to know I’d benefit from doing so, certainly at a time when I had no aspirations of becoming a professional artist.” 

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Douglas Simms Stenhouse, watercolor artist, transparent water color art, watercolor painter, painting with water colors