I am painting a tapestry and this is my first attempt at copying a Master artist depicting water. The postcard shows an early work by Claude Monet, “Boats Leaving the Harbor”, owned by the Hill-Stead Museum (www.hillstead.org). In keeping with Monet’s palette, I used burnt umber and raw sienna to give these sailboats a silhouette look and avoided black and white paint. Champagne paint capped the waves.
TIP: Painting on the back of fabric gives a very subdued effect and can make your subject matter more prominent. Be sure to turn over fabric during the auditioning step!