Oil Painting of an Old Sailing Ship 34

This is an oil painting of an old sailing ship at sunset, which looks vaguely like a ghost ship. The big boat was painted in 1997 and the artwork is approximately 2’x3′. The background sky and sunset were painted first, followed by the glowing hills and buildings. Water and reflections were painted next, simply by mirroring the shapes and colors painted above. Deep greens and blues were added to the murky water, and there is some tension created by the bright sun disappearing into the surrounding darkness. Lastly the boat and foreground were painted with similarly brisk brush strokes. Details like rope, flags, netting, sails, and waves splashing around the ship were painted last.

Oil Painting of an Old Sailing Ship at Sunset

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34 thoughts on “Oil Painting of an Old Sailing Ship

  • Romni

    I would like to know about an artist named Frederick fields I found three paintings of ships, oil on canvas could some one help thank

  • Alicia

    The way you explained the creation of the painting step by step is very interesting, and gives a nice idea and description of the process.

  • MDE Art Blog Post author

    Thank you Alicia, I’m glad to hear you appreciate the description of the process. :)

  • Frank White

    Hello to Romni:

    I too have three of Frederick Fields ship paintings. We bought these at the Laguna Arts Festival back in the 60’s when Fred use to exhibit there.

    He was quite an accurate painter of ships. And, as I recall, he was fairly well know by the folks at the Smithsonian institute and I think he was a consultant of sorts for them.

    Hope this helps in your search for info.

  • Linda

    Hello to Frank: Did the artist, Frederick Fields, you’re referring to live in Laguna Beach and Torrance, CA?

  • Chris

    Hi folks, I also have an oil painting signed Frederick Fields and would like any info you might have on him. The painting was passed down by my grandfather, so source is unknown.

  • chris skaggs

    i also have a painting signed frederick fields that is a man in a boat with a pipe in his mouth with two ships behind him with browns,tans,andblack colors if anyone with info,it would be appreciated.

  • gail

    I also have 2xsigned prints of old sailing ships
    by Frederick Fields
    (1)does anyone have a contact address for
    Frederick Fields
    (2)does Frederick Fields have a website or someone that has information on
    Kiwi girl

  • Steve

    My Wife’s GranFather is Fred Fields the Painter out of san pedro CA…We have 4 Orginal Painting of his.

  • Debbie J

    My Grandfather was Fredrick Fields. He did live in Laguna for a few years in the 60’s and then lived the rest of his life in Torrance. I am interested in buying his paintings to hand down to my sons.

  • Bradley Tate

    Hi Debbie j.

    I have a painting made by your grandfather, Frederick Fields. The painting is titled Laguna beach Calif. Signed by Frederick Fields. A very nice painting. Very old, and the frame shows this age. I do not know the year that it was made however.

  • Debbie J

    Sorry I did not post my email-
    I live in Torrance. If you have any of my Grandfather’s paintings (Fredrick Fields) that you would like to sell please send me a picture, size and your asking price.
    Thank you,
    Debbie Johnson

  • Debbie moss

    I have a J.young,hand painted picture ,that i found at a flee market,that is an 8×10″,on cork board,that has two old spanish ships,that are seperating from one another…in the dark,with a pinky-peach sky,one has a red sail flag,and the other,has a blue sail flag at the tops.i havent been able to locate a picture of this anywhere?…is it athentic,or a fake?…i’d love to know more info on this small but intreging painting!thank-you very much,looking forward to your reply;)…Debbie Moss

  • Debbie J

    Thank you Michael for letting me “use” your site in connecting with Bradley Tate. I was able to buy one of my late Grandfather’s paintings (Fredrick Fields) from him for my son. This means so much for our family to have one of Grandpa’s paintings come home.
    Thanks again,
    Debbie Johnson

  • MDE Art Blog Post author

    That’s fantastic Debbie! Thanks for the update, I’m really happy to have been able to help! =)

  • DON

    Dear Debbie,
    I have one of you grandfather’s paintings.
    My wife and I bought it from your grandfather back in 1972 when he had a little shop on Redondo Beach.
    Contact me for an amusing story about him.

  • Paintings

    I have read your blog .
    your blog is very nice .i do not read blogs but your blog is great.i will wait your new blog.
    thank you .

  • cindi

    I have a Frederick Fields painting in olive green of an old ship emerging from the fog. I always wondered about the artist. May I get in touch with his grandaughter? Thanks

  • Frank White

    Hello to Linda: The answer to your question is a probable yes. We bought our 3 paintings from him at the Laguna Arts Festival in the late 60’s and I believe he was living in Laguna at the time. We love our paintings and couldn’t think of parting with them.


  • LaChrista Cruthers

    I have two paintings, I can’t remember where I purchased them. I think at a thrift store in San Diego 15 years ago. They still take my breath away. I think one is a copy , it’s called FULL RIGGER SHIP. The second painting ,two ships in the background an old man on a small boat looks to be pulling in net. They are beautiful..

  • Mary Anne

    I have 2 Frederick Fields . One is a sketch of the”Benjamin Packard” with note on back stating it was purchased Christmas 1969. The other painting done in browns and beiges is a ship coming out of a fog.

  • Leslie Green

    Mr. Fields was a dear friend to my family. I grew up with him in my life. Anna Roberts/Gonzalez was my grandmother and Emily Moore is my mother. I spent many hours in his studios. My mother has 6 pieces and would like to get in contact with his family. Please contact me at lgreensei@yahoo.com
    Debbie Johnson is your mother’s name Pat Green?
    Thank you,
    Leslie Green

  • Ryan

    I just purchased a Frederick Fields print from a thrift shop in Idaho. It is of a man in a small boat smoking a pipe with 2 ships behind him. I see that someone else has the painting or print of the same thing. It seems to be pretty old, I really like it and wish I had an original painting but the print will do.

  • Frank White

    I was going through some old books and found a copy of the Official Souvenir Program of the 1966 (July 8 – August 14) Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters. There is a very nice picture of Frederick Fields standing in front of one of his paintings of a sailing ship coming in from out of the fog. His address was listed as: 1330 Terrace Way (no City was listed).

  • ted greenmount

    hullo from aus. i to have a painting of frederick fields it is one of a man rowing a boat to to sailing ships in the background he has wet weather gear on and smokeing a pipe i would love to have a much larger one.as this one is 200×250 mm.
    cheers from aus