46. Tyne Pilot

In the spring of 2019, my good friend David asked me to do a commission piece, of him on his sailboat. We arranged to meet at his home on Lake Union in the heart of Seattle. David had spent the previous weeks scrubbing the boat, kitting it out with its full complement of sails. David set off from his houseboat dock, and proceeded to make several passes of the lake. I took several photographs as he passed by from various vantage points along the lake shore.

Back at my studio, I made several attempts on a small study piece using oil pastels. I didn’t like the results. I found that the oils were too bold for the subject matter.  They gave the sky and water too much depth and texture – they made a pleasant, sunny June morning on Lake Union feel like a stormy ocean.

So instead, I decided to go with a softer pastel – the L’Ecu pastels from Sennelier. These seemed better suited to the subject material, as well as a much better match to the color palette of the original photos.


This piece belongs to my #ArtForGood project, where all proceeds are donated to a suitable nonprofit. For this piece, my friend who had comissioned this piece has donated to Friends of Seward Park, “a group of citizens working to preserve the unique habitat and cultural legacy of this historic park.”


  • Medium Sennelier L’ecu pastels on Arches Oil Paper, 310gm
  • Dimensions 16″ x 20″, mounted on foam core, double-matte, 20″ x 24″, unframed, cello-bagged
  • Status Sold

~ by Delfino on 2019/12/08.

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