John says: In a dream there was a woman looking over her shoulder at a man in a rowboat – as though there was a connection between them.  This theme is repeated in a number of my paintings, and I will often use it to test various dyads and triad color combinations.

Cindy says: The mini “Man in a Rowboat” is the first time that I remember a recognized shape as part of one of John’s pigment tests. The painting, “Balance of Color” started them all. 

“The Girl on an Island”

This watercolor sketch was the beginning of “The Man in a Rowboat” painting – a first draft of what John dreamed about. Cindy has a different name for this one, and it’s hiding under the mat.

“The Girl on the Sidewalk”

The first sketch for the final painting, this scene doesn’t include a rowboat. Sold 2020 at PAPA Gallery.

“The Girl on the Sidewalk” #2

“Balance of Color”

was inspired by a PAPA Challenge of the same name. These pigment tests started the mini ‘Man in a Rowboat’ series, a silhouette found in several of John’s paintings.

“Man in a Rowboat” Mini #1

Sold 2019 at PAPA Gallery.

“The Girl on the Sidewalk” #3

“The Man in a Rowboat”

Watercolor by John McLaren
Art 12 1/4 x 8 3/4