Old Boat

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The “Old Boat” painting!

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Old Boat, 24" x 33", Oil on Board
Old Boat, 24″ x 33″, Oil on Board, NFS

Here’s some lawn art! This boat happens to be displayed in our front yard. Why? Because it’s a funky old boat and I love it. The questions I ask is where’d it come from, who used it and how the heck did I end up with it? Actually, it came from my mother-in-law’s place out in Marlin, WA. Someone was trying to use it as some kind of planter and we dug all the dirt and weeds out, threw it in the truck and brought it home. Not sure whose it was before that.

This painting is somewhat of a transitional painting for me. This is when I was still painting solely from photos and I was trying to make the painting its own instead of copying the photo exactly. The photo was great but the painting needed to be something else; something beyond the photo. By using only a pallet knife and keeping the paints relatively thick it helped me to focus more on the painting and not worry so much about painting every detail in the photo. I did this back in 2005 and it just recently won Honorable Mention and People’s Choice awards at the 2012 Soap Lake Winterfest Art Show!

We brought the boat home about 10 years ago and it’s still out in the front yard. Only now it’s nicely landscaped and has ornamental grasses and grape vines growing around it. Maybe someday I’ll paint it again.



Author: Chris Palmen

I’ve been practicing art in one form or another for most of my life and have been painting since about 2003. I do explore other medium but primarily use either acrylic or oil paints.

For me art has always been about the enjoyment of drawing and creating. It’s about challenging my eye, my brain, and my hands to recreate what I am seeing on a two dimensional surface.

So far, my paintings have been influenced by anything resembling old boots. In other words, anything that shows it’s character & history in the cracks and creases caused by use and abuse, weathering and age.

Other than that I paint things that are readily available. Anything around the house that looks interesting enough to keep me painting!