Thursday, 7 July 2016

Harbour Lights, Mevagissey

Oil on Board, 11 x 16 inches

Another Oil for the RSMA exhibition, but why, oh why, did I elect to do this subject on such a small panel?  What was I thinking of? It is one of the most complicated paintings I've done, with an AWFUL lot of fiddly detail and a seemingly infinite number of colour changes and subtle shifts of tone. 

It was the beautiful half-light one encounters when the sun goes down, and when the shop and restaurant lights appear so much brighter, that drew me to the subject and to tackle it in paint. Those lovely yellow and orange reflections in the water were irresistible and I had to make sure that all the relative tones were dark enough, to give those light reflections the right impact. The red buoys also take on a glow in the evening, so there is a LOT of local colour in the painting.


  1. Absolutely gorgeous! Warm greetings from Montreal, Canada. :)

    1. Thank you very much Linda - much appreciated! Best wishes, Pete

  2. Stunning work Peter - love it! I understand your thinking about using a smaller panel, would be quicker to do but not always the case as you've discovered.


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