Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Incoming Tide, Mousehole

 Oil on Board, 7.5 x 10 inches

Here's another one of Mousehole Harbour, this time down on the foreshore at boat level, with the tide lapping in. 

The morning light was gorgeous, lighting up the yellow tarpaulin on the left-hand boat, with some sparkly bits on the sandy mud which I dragged in using a palette knife over the tacky underpainting.  The right-leaning mast of the boat was at a perfect angle to push the eye out through the walls to the distant shore and gentle, scudding clouds.  I also loved the beautiful greeny reflections of the harbour walls, with the bottom weeds and ropes still visible.

Boats have a lot more fiddly bits on them than trees, quite labour-intensive actually, the way I paint anyway.  I'm yet to figure out how to paint all those bits more loosely!  All in all, it's a very colourful painting and perhaps would have made a good larger one. 

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