I’m busy preparing workshops and planning demos as well as reworking a couple of acrylics so here is another blast from the past, circa 2010. I never sold this and dont know where it is now, though I was pleased with it at the time.

It is a view of a small natural harbour at Rotheneuf, just north of St Malo in Brittany, France. I used to go down there and do some painting in the morning, whilst on holiday. It was a glorious little place. After my painting session I would go to the boulangerie, get a couple of bagettes and return for breakfast – yep, life in the fast lane.

The sailors used to come down to the harbour and prepare their boats in readiness for the incoming tide and when their boat was afloat off they went. I did sell one painting of the harbour where the yachts were bobbing on a fuller tide, but there is a pathos to this one, augmented by the muted colours. I recall it being one of my large watercolours. It might be worth redoing as a smaller, quarter imperial version.

Other seaside paintings are available on my website: grahammcquadefineart.com



  1. Nice painting of the boats. I really like how you captured the neutral colours in the grass and trees which gives an impression of Fall, or Winter in Europe. I also like how you added a pop of colour on the blue boat. I really witnesses the tides in Tadousac this september. I spent almost all my life on Fresh Water, so seein the tide in the Gulf of St Lawrence was very interesting to me. We also saw Seals, Beluga and Minke Whales.


    • Thanks Shawn. Yes, tidal changes can be really perplexing for people who have no experience of them. I once saw a group who lost all their picnic because they ignored the incoming tide, though when a big wave came along they got the gist of it. Though they never saw the hamper again.

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