Boys On The Dock by Randy Sprout

30X30 inch Acrylic on Canvas: This just won 2nd Place in the National ACM Magazine Exhibition! I grew up on this lake and this dock and the kid on the left is kind of my alter ego. All my old friends on FaceBook have a found remembrances of this dock, the life guards’, fishing, and near downing’s they had here as kids in the 1950’s. In person it is a very large complex painting with lots of compositional “stuff” going on.

I am semi retired and love to travel with my 9X12 #140 Strathmore pad, my Sharpie Ultra Fine ink pen and five or six sticks of pastels or acrylics to color in my “finds” Sometimes I get real lucky and my wife Dawn will take some pictures I can use later. I seem to always be able to give some kind of sketch to my subjects or those bystanders who desperately want to give me some advice.

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  • Brenda Dow
    Brenda Dowover 5 years ago

    Well Randy, as I see it…. this is a marvelous painting…. but it’s yours and you can fix anything that you think is ailing… but I’ll give is an Instant Fav!!! and a grand applause….. Wonderful art you have created!!! Thanks Randy for sharing this…. really a wonderful scene!!!

  • Thanks Jazzy I grew up on this lake and dock and in many ways that kid on the left is may alter ego. Funny how you look back to find what’s really important.

    – Randy Sprout

  • Maryann3
    Maryann3over 5 years ago

    This is very special. The clouds, lighting, and the natural poses of the kids. I like the edge of the lake with homes on it too.

  • Thanks Maryanne3. I remember your Suger Shack in the snow, with the very limited palete.

    – Randy Sprout

  • Brenda Dow
    Brenda Dowover 5 years ago

    Randy…. I knew it was you!!!! And I knew about the lake…. but this image is delightful… of your best…. right up there it is…..!!!!!

  • Ken Tregoning
    Ken Tregoningover 5 years ago

    Randy it’s Bloody brilliant work from you ….I love it!

  • Thanks Mate, I have been remiss in keeping in touch. How the hell are you anyway? I’ve now partially retired so I may get down to your little Island and race a sail boat someday soon.

    – Randy Sprout

  • bevmorgan
    bevmorganover 5 years ago

    Absolutely delightful, subject and painting, Randy. The boys are wonderful and that sky is spectacular.

  • Thanks for your support Bev. You are a very important support system.

    – Randy Sprout

  • Lora Garcelon
    Lora Garcelonover 5 years ago

    I really like the warm light – It sets a mood and makes me wish it was summer.

  • Yup, we are expecting 10 inches of rain tonight. Thanks for you your support.

    – Randy Sprout

  • Irene  Burdell
    Irene Burdellover 5 years ago

    This is wonderful Randy ,when I saw the thumbnail I thought it was a photo. Fabulous work and a fav .x

  • Oh thank you so much for your support Irene.

    – Randy Sprout

  • Jim Phillips
    Jim Phillipsover 5 years ago

    I now see what you meant by it was challenging you, but it sure paid off. This is absolutely one of your very best. Fantastic job Randy. If this one doesn’t receive a ton of features, somebody’s not paying attention.

  • Well it’s still got a ways to go but I am happy with the directions it’s taking. I just had to stop awhile and reflect. It makes me wonder what other important “stuff” I should be painting. I thought that the multiple figures strong out all over the canvas was the biggest challenge just as compositional elements..

    – Randy Sprout

    GEORGE SANDERSONover 5 years ago

    Awesome work, Randy
    Awesome work, Randy !!!

  • When I get that lower right corner of the dock to sit up on it’s piers I am going to be a lot happier. Thanks for your kind remarks always.

    – Randy Sprout

  • eoconnor
    eoconnorover 5 years ago

    wonderful painting of the boys and their love of the sport !!LIZ

  • Thanks very much.

    – Randy Sprout

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