It can be hard to explain why a certain subjects inspires me. Some times I see something out of the corner of my eye and just feel the urge to capture it in paint. In this particular case I was down at the harbor in Hafnarfjörður gathering reference material for a commission. I saw these two red boats sitting side by side and instantly felt the need to see it on my canvas. Why, i´m not quite sure. I felt like I was watching two old friends that have seen a lot together and were now resting before their next expedition. In reality, these boats were probably docked side by side out of convenience and had nothing to do with each other. I think my version sounds better though.
Visually, I wanted to focus on combining realism with abstraction. I wanted the center of interest to be accurately rendered in terms of drawing and color temperature especially, while keeping everything else loose and abstract. My plan was to indicate the adjacent colors and values until I felt I had enough paint on my canvas to indicate the surrounding landscape. This meant being very deliberate and thoughtful with my brushwork. Towards the end I took frequent breaks to be able to see the painting with fresh eyes. When I felt I had enough, I stopped.