11X8.5 Pen & Ink with Pastels on #140 Strathmore Water Color Paper: I have been back 3 times to this image in the last 2 months and only today found the right pastels for this limited palette. — at the California Yacht Club.

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sailing, boat, sunset, ocean, sea, reflections, dock

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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  • bevmorgan
    bevmorganover 2 years ago

    The light and colour in this piece are truly wonderful, Randy. I love your subject and expert rendering. A joy to view.

  • Thanks Bev. I had the pen & ink drawing around for over 2 months before I thought of this pastel color combination.

    – Randy Sprout

  • heatherfriedman
    heatherfriedmanover 2 years ago


  • Thank you very much Heather.

    – Randy Sprout

  • Marsha Elliott
    Marsha Elliottover 2 years ago

    Super nice piece! Love the shimmering light on the water.

  • Thanks very much my friend! I like boats because they hold still.

    – Randy Sprout

  • Kay Cunningham
    Kay Cunninghamover 2 years ago

    Looks great Randy. I must try pastels wihth pen and ink and hope for a result somewhat as good as yours!!

  • Thanks very much Kay, as long as you do your wonderful trees, you could use any old stick. By the way I love your trees!

    – Randy Sprout

  • Margaret Morgan (Watkins)
    Margaret Morga...over 2 years ago

    Randy, I love your choice of colours. Marg.

  • Thank you very much my friend, I had to go for a simple solution and these complimentaries seem to work in the water, if not so well in the sky?

    – Randy Sprout

  • LoneAngel
    LoneAngelover 2 years ago

    wonderful artwork

  • Thank you very much Angel.

    – Randy Sprout

  • MaryStewart
    MaryStewartover 2 years ago

    brilliant work.

  • Thank you very much Marie.

    – Randy Sprout

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sediciover 2 years ago

    MARCH 17th, 2012
    See your work in the Permanents Featured Gallery
    ►Please participate in the ongoing Challenges

  • Thank you very much for this feature Mary.

    – Randy Sprout

    GEORGE SANDERSONover 2 years ago

    *Congratulations! Your beautiful work has been featured in the Realistic Paintings about Water group
    17th March 2012

  • Thanks George, it took me a couple of months to get this one right.

    – Randy Sprout

  • Terri Maddock
    Terri Maddockover 2 years ago

    Beautiful work Randy!

  • Thank you very much Terri.

    – Randy Sprout

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