Fearless Friday, Lobster Trap Buoys

My new passion is  lobster trap buoys

Recently pictured on the cover of Coastal Living magazine, they are so colorful and full of personality


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And inside the magazine I discovered the artist Trip Park and his wonderful lobster buoy paintings


buoys by trip park


I mentioned him the other day when I was doing some Instant Decorating because I am working on a large acrylic canvas inspired by his paintings


buoy collage 1a


I used a photo from another magazine to try buoys in watercolor until I have a chance to get back to my studio


lobster buoy collage 1


I laid in some background washes first leaving the buoys white


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Then gradually built up the color layers


lobster buoys


It was really just a quick sketch, to get the feel for the subject


lobster buoys watercolor


This was a good learning experience, and doing a quick work is a good way to study your subject and warm up for a larger work.  The background is too bright, and there are another zillion things I would change…

I’m hoping that I can achieve a more rustic and weathered look in acrylic

I created a Lobster Buoy Pinterest board for reference, and will use elements from many photos for my final painting, so stay tuned…

Painting is kind of like cooking, sometimes you have to tweak the “ingredients” to get the results you like…

Be Fearless!


I will be joining these fabulous parties and blogs:

Celebrate and DecorateRustic and Refined,

Between Naps on the Porch, Coastal Charm, Cooking and Crafting with J&JThe Scoop,   A Stroll Thru Life    Inspire Me Monday

Tickle My TastebudsWow Us Wednesday

Full Plate ThursdayWork it Wednesday

Poofing the Pillows,  Creatively Crafty,  Your Inspired Design








14 Responses to “Fearless Friday, Lobster Trap Buoys”
  1. Mary says:

    Your canvas is so colorful and perfect for your coastal home Jenna! I’ve always loved seeing collections of old buoys. Hope you enjoy some blue skies and boat time this weekend 🙂

  2. Rhonda says:

    I can’t imagine changing a thing, but then I don’t have your artist’s eye! It’s gorgeous! Great subject material, love old buoys! Enjoy your weekend! 🙂 ~Rhonda

  3. Jenna, I love the bright colors…doesn’t look like anything needs tweaking! I love the old buoys! Happy weekend! Pam @ Everyday Living

  4. Sandy Park says:

    I love it! Do I see plates and glasses in our future. That would be a really fun tablescape. Can’t wait to see what you come up with.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Very cool and great subject matter:@)

  6. Anonymous says:

    How fun! Not living on the coast, I’ve never even heard of lobster buoys. They’re charming!

  7. Anonymous says:

    How fun! I’ve never even heard of lobster buoys. I love the colors. I think your painting looks great!

  8. Leslie Anne Tarabella says:

    I saw that feature in Coastal Living and loved it! Your painting is even better! Good going.

  9. Kim says:

    I do love the buoys, so I look forward to seeing your “tweaks”. I don’t really have a spot to use them, but they sure give a wonderful decorative touch!

  10. JESS44903 says:

    You are so talented! Wow!!

    Would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, and tips: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  11. Maryanne Anderson says:

    Love the buoy painting….how can I purchase a print????

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