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Last weekend I went on a little expedition to get some new reference material and ended up on a wharf in Petty Harbour, about 15 minutes outside St. John's. Its a lovely, snug harbour with lots of boats lining the wharves and few more on land, some for sale, some in the midst of preparation for the fishing season.
While exploring I came across the multi layers of paint on the hull of a boat. The waterline and outlet above it showed years of use and rust making a path downwards. It looked like a good image to play around with as an abstract.
I started with a 5 x 7 panel and laid modeling paste over it, sculpting it a little to mirror the lines of the boat stripes. When the paste was dry, I added layers of oils on top which let the surface texture show through.