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

Oil Painting of an Old Sailing Ship

37 thoughts on “Oil Painting of an Old Sailing Ship

  • February 1, 2008 at 11:42 am

    I always liked this one!!

  • February 1, 2008 at 1:58 pm

    Thanks for taking the time to comment Ruff! I appreciate it. 🙂

  • November 4, 2008 at 10:44 am

    the color is great,thank you

  • November 5, 2008 at 8:43 am

    Thank you for your comment. 🙂

  • May 24, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    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

  • May 24, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    Hi Romni,
    I recommend doing a search on Google for the information you seek.

  • August 9, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    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.

  • August 10, 2009 at 12:27 pm

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

  • November 25, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    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.

  • December 11, 2009 at 2:33 pm

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

  • December 27, 2009 at 1:04 am

    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.

  • March 16, 2010 at 11:26 am

    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.

  • September 28, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    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

  • October 11, 2010 at 1:45 pm

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

  • December 29, 2010 at 10:28 am

    I also have a painting on wood of 2 ships at sea by Fredrick Fields. I cant find much him though. Does anyone know more about this artist? If you do please email me at
    Thank you

  • February 18, 2011 at 1:11 am

    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.

  • February 19, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    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.

  • February 19, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    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

  • February 21, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    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

  • March 17, 2011 at 9:52 am

    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

  • March 17, 2011 at 11:36 am

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

  • June 23, 2011 at 3:51 am

    the color is great,thank you

  • July 21, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    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.

  • October 16, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    i have a painting of your father if you want i could send a picture thanks

  • March 20, 2012 at 9:12 am

    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 .

  • March 31, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    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

  • April 14, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    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.


  • November 8, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    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..

  • May 29, 2013 at 11:35 am

    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.

  • September 30, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    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
    Debbie Johnson is your mother’s name Pat Green?
    Thank you,
    Leslie Green

  • March 11, 2014 at 12:27 am

    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.

  • March 23, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    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).

  • May 30, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    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 this one is 200×250 mm.
    cheers from aus

  • June 26, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    Hello Debbie J…I have one of your grandfather’s paintings that shows the silhouette of a woman walking through a field. She is walking toward you. There is a large tree in the front of the picture. It is painted in hues of gold, beige and brown. My email is

  • January 2, 2018 at 3:18 pm

    I have large oil painting in sepia tones of 2 ships coming out of fog. We purchased it in 1966 at The Laguna Beach Arts Festival. It was a present to me after the birth of our daughter April 1966 for $600.
    What is value now? Would love a photo of Frederick Fields.

  • January 2, 2018 at 4:02 pm

    Hi: I also have several paintings by Frederick Fields that were purchased at the Laguna Arts Festival in the 60’s.

    We love his work – VERY detailed and accurate.

    There is a photo of Fields in one of the LAF
    catalogs-unforunately mine is currently in storage.

    His works have appreciated over the years at a moderate rate.


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