Sunday, 30 April 2017

Moorings at Thornham

Oil on Board, 10 x 14 inches

This was a demo painting I did at the Peterborough Arts Society a few weeks ago, finished off in the studio. It's going into the Royal Society of Marine Artists Exhibition at the lovely Barn Gallery, Patchings Art Centre, from 13th May - 25th June.

I wasn't sure that this would make a great painting, but having worked on it and judging by the reaction on Facebook, maybe it would have made a big painting! I certainly enjoyed painting the glistening mud at low-tide, especially the darker reflections beneath the boats and the gorgeous purple/grey cast shadows. Bits like these are really the fun part of a painting - the posts and masts, rigging and rails on the boats are a bit of a trudge quite honestly, but then when you move on to these most important incidentals, you can use the palette knife to describe the dark mud in the shadows, and they can really make the painting.


  1. Peter, yet another fabulous painting! I was at first struck by the shiny darks of the boats, the strong value range, giving the piece a big punch. But then looking at a larger image, the detail and nuance in the wet mud are also so impressive. Even the bits of broken sunlight showing in the deep shadow beneath the dock. Wow!

    1. Thank you Mitch - you spotted exactly the little nuances I love to paint!

  2. I love the sparkle on the mud. Simply Brilliant!


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