I have just finished this painting as a commission for a lady to give to her husband as an anniversary gift.

This was how they met, about 12 years ago. They had just parked their boats next to one another (the ones in the painting) and both are still very keen sailors.

The challenge was what to do with the mass of boats and buildings all around. In the end I just left them out to keep the message simple.

It was painted on Arches Cold Press watercolor paper, 300 g.s.m., quarter sheet.

It all came together when the reflections were placed in.

I love painting sail boats even though I get sea sick in them – go figure! But I can appreciate the skill involved in sailing them and what sailors have gone through in the past.

You can see more of my seascapes at my Painting With Watercolors web site.

Happy painting,

Australian award winning watercolour artist and tutor. You can see more of his work on his watercolour demonstration and resources website PaintingWithWatercolours

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  • Carole Russell
    Carole Russellover 3 years ago

    The simplicity really works Joe – and what a lovely gift it will make too – taking the complicated stuff out means it’s just about the two of them and that is poetry on paper :)

  • Thanks Carole

    – Joe Cartwright

  • Sally Griffin
    Sally Griffinover 3 years ago

    how beautiful!!! the water and reflection are perfection!

  • Thanks Sally

    – Joe Cartwright

  • Jim Phillips
    Jim Phillipsover 3 years ago

    Just the right amount of detail Joe, Excellent watercolour. Beautifully done.

  • Thank you Jim

    – Joe Cartwright

  • Lynda Harris
    Lynda Harrisover 3 years ago

    Brilliant simplicity Joe! The reflections are particularly fabulous. There is no doubt the husband will be thrilled with this. You have a fantastic talent! :-)

  • Thank you very much Lynda,
    I am hopeful he will like to as well, though I am always a little hesitant till it actually happens!

    – Joe Cartwright

  • citywind
    citywindover 3 years ago

    What a great watercolor…you r a real talent !

  • Thanks Sandro, I’m glad you liked it.

    – Joe Cartwright

  • scallyart
    scallyartover 3 years ago

    this is so wonderful. The reflections so good and I love the idea of his and hers boats. Regards Kerry

  • Thanks Kerry,
    Nice to hear from you again.

    – Joe Cartwright

    ANNETTE HAGGERover 3 years ago

  • Thank you very much for featuring my work Annette!

    – Joe Cartwright

  • Marriet
    Marrietover 3 years ago

    Perfect. No competition for the sink in the morning!
    What a nice way to meet someone!

  • Thanks Marriet.

    – Joe Cartwright

  • Sarah Couzens
    Sarah Couzensover 3 years ago


  • Thanks Sarah

    – Joe Cartwright

  • AngieDavies
    AngieDaviesover 3 years ago

    Simply lovely! Less is more! I am sure they both adore this wonderful anniversary gift! Congrats on the feature!

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