An oil painting of the ship Dorado by Þorgrímur



I was absolutely fascinated by this subject. This ship was sitting at a lesser known dock in Reykjavík at Skarfagarðar. The weather was beautiful and as you can see the water was almost completely still, which is not very common. The reflection was a bonus to the scene because what drew me towards it first and foremost was the drawing in the ship. All those shapes and lines interconnecting in a fascinating way. Also the light was perfect to describe the play of light and shadow.

I was going for looseness and realism. I wanted to have the ship correctly drawn while taking quite a bit of artistic license concerning edges and texture. Also the scene had a very interesting color harmony. The ocean was reflecting a lot of green back up at the ship and I wanted to try and capture that.