There was almost as much paint removal as actual painting in this one as I tried to get the dark textures in the foreground. I added some figures at the end which do draw the eye through. I loved the dark shade leading out into the bright light.
I was caught by the orange hull against the blue of the water. I thought by bluing out the background it might further highten the effect of the light on the central boat. The painting is actually bluer than this image suggests. I also like the shot of red on the adjacent boat which brings in some dissonance to the basic complementary pairing and as such I haven’t echoed it anywhere else.
Well, I think I have enough local interest paintings for the upcoming exhibitions. I’ve already submitted eight for the first one and don’t have enough frames for the one after that, so I’ll be forced into selecting what I think are the stronger images. Now I can get back to a set of seaside paintings which I started to compile a few months ago. I’m not sure if this will be in the set, but I did like the gesture of the woman and I added a waiter from another image to give it more balance. The only trouble was all those chairs. They can get tedious.
I have quite a number of seaside images from our recent stay in Brittany and was thinking of doing a set of paintings of shoreline scenes. So this is the first one and possibly last – let’s see how the enthusiasm holds up.
This is based around some images in the Gulf of St Malo. I loved the plunging cliffs covered in brush and bracken and broken with deep shadows in the low light and the beaches were pretty good too.
We moved down to southern Brittany, in France for a few days. Right at the point where the Loire empties out into the sea. Le Cloisic is an old port, once exporting the salt to the rest of Europe. It still retains its old charm and they still pan for salt around here. When the fishing boats land their catch there are queues at the market.
I’ve had this image for a number of years but was put off by the lack of subject and the complexity of reeds. It is of a small stream by the side of the Canal Du Midi, in the south of France. The light and shade at the time was superb and I sat and did a painting looking along the stream, but in hindsight this is a far better view and captures the moment better – the warm morning about to break into a blazing day.