Here's my latest video of a complete painting from start to end - real time. I have also included my reference photo for the early stage outline sketch. Would welcome any feedback and thanks for watching!
A multi coloured slipway - thanks to drops of paint and dried up seaweed. A useful backdrop with the buildings surrounding the bay here, but could have been a bit more useful if they were a few shades darker, but buildings here are mostly light and the sun's brightening everything up. I introduced some darker area on the left. just to highlight the back of one boat. A bit of dry brush stroke for the markings on the boats does add a bit of character to them.
One of my last paintings on some old T H Saunders watercolour paper. I will miss it and difficult to come by in the UK now. Well the subject here is a view high up on the harbour wall down to 5 boats at low tide. Somehow, I managed to get in every colour imaginable into the harbour floor. While still damp, I lifted out the reflections of the two left hand boats and added some lemon yellow to the middle boat reflection. White gouache was used for rigging and boat details.
Quite a challenging picture for two main reasons - 1) the complexity of all the apartment buildings surrounding this enclosed marina and 2) the low light conditions with very little contrasts to work with. The row of white yachts helps a bit to get some light against dark. I can remember that the reflections were changing frequently - smooth one minute then a gust of wind is channeled down through the buildings producing multiple ripples.
The Playa de las Canteras in the north of the island and a composition of boats and people on the beach. Sand can be a tricky thing to paint. It's almost like painting moving water - you have these highlighted peaks and then bits of shadow behind them. Timing is very important. The beach was is laid down then paint in the shadows and lift out the highlights. I have tried also to create a good bit of bright light from the surf and put some darker figures in front for contrast.
My latest watercolour demo posted up on my YouTube channel. This is similar to another previous Porthleven Harbour scene video where I had lost the audio. So second time I am a bit more fortunate. Hope you like it.
A tricky painting from the view of getting the perspective right, looking down on the boats and the town/horizon in the background. Those buildings in the background were given a fairly loose approach - not concentrating on all the architectural details and painting every window! Boat defenders are another tricky challenge. Leave them out and somehow the boat does not look realistic. A little bit of white gouache applied with a rigger brush was used for ropes and railings as a last stage.
Quite a simple composition of four small boats at low tide in the Cornish town of Porthleven. Not sure why I went for four, it might have been better to go for 3 or 5. Anyway they're all different and at slightly different angles to make them a bit more interesting. Quite a few later details were added like ropes and ladders with first some white gouache with a rigger brush and then some shadows behind them with the same brush.
Plenty of negative areas in this one (light against dark) which the area lends itself well to - the light sky, dark cliffs, light roof tops, building shadows, then the light beach, dark shore line, light of the boats and finally the darker see and reflections. All a good combination for watercolour. I always enjoy doing boat reflections - a fairly random approach using the side of a medium mop brush with a very good point and starting at the waterline, moving down in angular strokes and more pronounced at the end.
A double size painting of the same scene I did a little while back, and this time with a few changes of figures. As regards the composition, I am trying to balance the large yellow figure on the right with the side of the boat and smaller figures on the left. Plus I try to connect all the shapes through the background or foreground shadows. The last stage of the painting was to use sparingly, some white gouache for ropes and masts.