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Old 21-10-2014, 18:49   #1
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Can you Oil Paint While on a Boat?

Does anybody have experience painting in a cabin? Does the salt air wreak havoc in some way I'm not imagining?

I'm thinking a hardboard support rather than canvas would be appropriate, but other than that I'm not sure.
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Re: Can you Oil Paint While on a Boat?

Hello! You mean like fine art. not painting boat interior surfaces? Sounds like it, and I hope it is:-).
For about 14 years so far, I've been painting onboard as a hobby- (I dont sell much, not that good at it). Here's what I learned:
Yes, can paint on canvas, even at anchor as long as its calm. The paints have never seemed to be affected by salt air, and I spend all my cruising/painting time in tropics. Oils took so long to dry & no where to put canvases to cure, so switched to acrylics. Acrylics also no problem. Both paint types happy onboard.
Mildew can get on canvas, Masonite, & other surfaces, so you gotta keep an eye on that. Space is an issue for me, but if you have large boat, you probably have room for an easel too.
If I didn't make a boob out of myself for misinterpreting the question, would love to see your onboard creations!
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Old 21-10-2014, 21:06   #3
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Re: Can you Oil Paint While on a Boat?

Most of the people i know who paint on their boats use acrylics or water colours. Possibly this is due to the fumes of turpentine, and the fire hazard involved if you're making passages. If you live at a marina with trash disposal, no worries at all.

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Re: Can you Oil Paint While on a Boat?

I had a friend of mine use pastels which seemed to work quite well.
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Re: Can you Oil Paint While on a Boat?

Yes you can. Only problem is that all my still lifes seem to end up as impressionists.
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Re: Can you Oil Paint While on a Boat?

its all about relative humidity keep the boat as dry as possible and the air ciruclating
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Old 22-10-2014, 10:04   #7
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Re: Can you Oil Paint While on a Boat?

I am a professional portrait artist. My web site is michaelwitenstein.com . A little known fact is that Pablo Picasso was a sometimes cruiser, tried painting at anchor, and that is how cubism began.


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Old 22-10-2014, 12:23   #8
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Re: Can you Oil Paint While on a Boat?

This forum is endlessly helpful. I thought I'd get crickets on that question.

Tayana42 - That's interesting, I hadn't heard that about Picasso.

s/vAngel - Ha! Yes your post was accurate and very helpful, no boob was made. I do have room for my smallish easel which is still pretty stable and my marina has relatively calm water(I wouldn't be painting while underway) , so I think it'll work out pretty well.

I'd love to put up some work. I haven't moved aboard yet and all my things are in storage, so it might be a while. That would actually make a nice thread, a liveaboard painting group of sorts.

Ventilation is also high on my list, but I'd still avoid the more toxic and/or flammable mediums, even though I prefer turpentine.

In reality I'll probably end up begrudgingly using acrylic and oil pastels. Not that there's anything wrong with that.
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Yes, and also little known is that Picasso was a part time boat designer who worked for Beneteau in its early years. That is were twin wheels and rudders came from.


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Re: Can you Oil Paint While on a Boat?

Yeah I think oils rather than water colours ...

Some sailing/painting inspiration here:

Titouan Lamazou | en | Vendée Globe

https://www.google.es/search?q=titou...w=1024&bih=492

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how about CF supporting us yacht artists expose, promote, sell our art, after all we do it to be able to do what we love, what CF supports



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Old 23-10-2014, 17:50   #12
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Have you tried water soluble oils?

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Re: Can you Oil Paint While on a Boat?

What a great question! I don't live aboard yet, so had never tried it. I use oil on canvas and linseed oil. Someone should totally start a art painting thread (art..as oppossed to boat painting I guess lol). Anyways, heres one of my early ones from when I first started. Any opinions?

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While the use of primary color is ...well good, it is much duplicated by toddlers. The added earth tones lack responsibility.

The perspective falls short...

the brush stoke...Would not be welcome, along a hull side...

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What a great question! Anyways, heres one of my early ones from when I first started. Any opinions?

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LOL yeah never said I was any good, but who said you have to be good to enjoy it (nobody, thats who)
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