It may look familiar and indeed it is. I published a version a week or so ago, but wasn’t very happy with it, so I decided to change the format. I am much happier with the outcome, having got rid of a mass of awkward foreground.
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I was looking to emphasise and practise foreground texture and had this image from last year of the drainage channels and reclaimed agricultural land that spreads out inland from the sea around here. I liked the contrast between the spikey grasses in the foreground and softer foliage on the right. This place is close to Maghull as you edge into Liverpool from Formby and Southport. It is accessible from a dismantled railway track which runs north south through the moss.
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Last September I went out painting on one of the few bright evenings we had in late summer/autumn. I sat myself down near some old farm buildings surrounded by trees and started to draw and then paint. I hadn’t counted on the sun disappearing behind the trees so quickly ( very different to when I was out in June). The interesting assortment of buildings in light and shade quickly merged into a dark mass in deep shadow. So I packed up and, as the sun was still hovering over the horizon, decided to call in to the Mersey estuary where the local river, the Alt, merges into it. There are a many boats moored right along the estuary, all the way out to the Mersey. When I got there the tide was out and the sun cast everything in an orange glow. The river carves its way through the mudflats to the Mersey and the sun created intriguing patterns on the mud, reflecting off the wet mud and being absorbed by the drier areas. The scene was changing too fast to paint so I took a load of photos and painted it later on a half imperial sheet. I wasn’t happy with the result and had another go on a smaller quarter imperial sheet. I am happier with this. There isn’t much to the scene and probably too many darks, but I think I’ve got the feeling of the place as the sun disappears over the Atlantic.
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I have tried this view before, but with a third vessel right in the foreground and taking in more of the river and buildings behind. This time I tightened the field of view, selected two vessels and went for an elongated presentation. It certainly feels a better outcome.
Normally I go down to the Alt Estuary, which flows into the Mersey Estuary, in the evening and paint. This time I decided to see the lightening effects in the morning. The bright morning light gave some new options. The way the light is reflected off the wet mud is very powerful.
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