Pastel on Pastelmat, 9.5 x 19 inches SOLD
Beer, where my upcoming exhibition is at the Marine House Gallery in May, is a thriving fishing village on the South Devon coast, and to get this scene, soon after daybreak, necessitated me getting to the beach for 6.30am. Kim Aplin, the well known local figure who takes folks out Mackerel fishing is busy getting ready for the day ahead, carrying fuel back from his boat. This particular day in late October offered up a glorious dawn, with the sun breaking through the cloud to give a beautiful golden glow to the sea and all the fishing boat paraphernalia on the shingle beach.
I chose a wide panoramic shape, using an offcut from a previous large painting, which seemed perfect for the composition I wanted. I eliminated most of the sky above the cloud line, which seemed a distraction from the figures around the boats and the sunlit sea. I moved the sun to the right a little just for balance and spent a fair bit of time trying to get a decent likeness of Kim, as he is so well known! I included him in a large Pastel a couple of years ago, but that was mostly of his backside, bending over sorting out a rope tangle, though it was recognisably him, so, I hope I've done his front-side justice this time!