When we were vacationing in Vietnam, we took a tour of the Mekong Delta. On the tour, we had to get into a succession of smaller and smaller boats and when we got the smallest little canoes, some of the tourists were nervous stepping into the old and rickety crafts. Well, the locals thought this was hysterically funny and their laughter surrounded us as we tentatively climbed into our boats. My husband caught this picture of this toothless but jovial old man who was having a good laugh at our expense. He was an inspiring subject to paint.

This painting is mostly watercolors. I did use gouache for the cigarette smoke and some of his grey hair. I also used frisket for the "dappled" sunshine effect in the background.

Equipment used:

Nikon D90 w/18-200mm lens
Intervalometer
Lightroom for editing
Quicktime Pro to sequence
FCPX for final product

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