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How to Paint Boats

"If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea."  ~Antoine de Saint-Exupery 

The sea has always been a favorite topic of art and literature. And let's be honest, it's a favorite topic in real life! Now that I have the pleasure of living near the ocean here in southern California, I cannot deny the magnetic pull of the sea. I spend my time in, on, or near the water as often as I can. 

I love to sit on the patio of restaurants along the Newport Bay and watch the boats coming and going. It's no wonder that Walter Foster, a longtime resident of southern California, featured boats and the sea in many of his early how to draw and how to paint publications.

 how to paint boats cover art

The vintage feel of the book is especially captured in the artwork featuring three-masted schooners and regatta yachts.

how to paint boats

Each lesson captures a different type of boat and features settings from around the world.

how to paint boats

how to paint boats

For detailed tips and lessons on how to paint boats, take a look at the excerpt below and the books featured on the side bar.

how to paint seascapes

This page featuring techniques for painting Reflections is excerpted from How to Draw & Paint: Watercolor Seascapes

We would love to hear your stories about your favorite vintage Walter Foster titles!

Angela Corpus

Angela is Marketing Manager for the Quarto Publishing Group USA. A Chicago gal at heart, she recently relocated to southern California and can usually be found exploring the beaches, feeding her newfound inner artist, and chasing sunsets with her camera. A collector of stories old and new, she's an avid postcard sender, and origami cranes always seem to tag along on her travels. Follow her adventures on Twitter: @angelacorpus

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