I recently added color to this drawing done last summer. A group of Plein Air Painters were given access to the Miss Portland Stern-wheeler moored at the sea wall in down town Portland. In May this year look for a Nautical Art Show co sponsored by the Oregon Society of Artists and The Oregon Maritime Museum with work displayed in both locations.
The wheel is so large, there is a strip of flooring removed for clearance should the craft have to make quick maneuvers. The brass stand is for communicating with engine room. Every time the Captain moves the lever, a bell rings and the lever action is repeated below decks. The engineer repeats the action to signal Captain message received
I was almost caught in a downpour down town a couple days ago. Ducked int McDonalds, got a cup of coffee and pulled out a tablet and pencil. I noticed I was being observed by a few teenagers so I talked to them about what Iwas drawing and how I search for angles and perspective. They were nice kids and wanted to give me an Art Store discount card but I had to thank her and explain I already had one. When got a chance later, I added pen lines and watercolor – then I even added a bit more color in photoshop to focus on the figures. I had to walk home while it was still raining but it wasn’t quite as bad as it had been.