“Fresh Catch, Italy” Carrie Lacey Boerio, 2014
“Fresh Catch” photo reference

This is my favorite painting so far. I learned some new skills and was happy with the finished product, but there is another reason. I took this photo on a family trip to Italy, and it brings back the joy of the experience. I’m smiling just thinking about it!

At the beginning of this painting, it seemed a mess, but once I got close to the colors in the sea, it started to come along. This was my first time painting with a palette knife (on the rocks and boat lines), which has been hugely helpful. Best advice… use the right tool for the job.