Oil on Board, 10x14 inches
Another studio painting of one of my favourite old haunts at Brancaster Staithe in Norfolk.
This one contains a variety of techniques, with the backdrop of trees scrubbed in loosely with an old hog brush, then refined a little with my 1" decorator's brush, the boats painted with a Rosemary Flat Ivory brush and the mud almost sculpted on with a mixture of brush strokes and palette knife dragged over.
The ropes and masts were all placed in with the lovely fine, chisel edge of the original Rosemary Mongoose brush. I left the foreground yellow boat till last, having a joyous time painting in the various mixes of yellow, then a few heavy impasto slabs of almost white paint for the highlights. Note the handy use of counterchange with the sunlit bow of the boat against the darker mud and the darker stern of the boat in shadow set against the lighter muddy water rivulet. All adds to the interest and impact of the painting, hopefully!