A porthleven inspired painting with some boats at low tide. An exercise in using your imagination, once you are fairly familiar with a location and it's landmarks, to take the key elements of a place and change things around. So anyone who knows Porthleven, I have the church tower in the background, but then have changed the surrounding buildings as I developed the painting. I am not sure what inspired me to have some large white boat in the middle ground right, but it seems to work well in blending in with the boat in front of it.
This painting was done with three primary colours - Cadmium Yellow, Winsor red and Ultramarine blue.
Saunders Waterford is my paper of choice. I could paint on others, but I am familiar now with it's behaviour to my painting style. Now I prefer the 'Rough' texture paper to either NOT or Hot Pressed. There are tow quite different sides to this paper, not smooth of course but one being rougher and having a grid like pattern compared to the other side being more random in texture and not so rough. So taking a similar subject, I paint on both sides...
Saunders Waterford Rough - non mesh side
First painting on the non mesh side, a slightly smoother side. You can get smoother edges on this side and wet in wet tends to be more controllable.
Sanders Waterford Rough - Mesh Side
The rough side is the more normal side to paint on. The watermark in the paper will be on the correct side, so not show below any washes. This side is best for loose style painting. However in my experience, because of the mesh texture, when doing wet in wet you have to be very careful with your timing or some nasty edges appear where paint is creeping into the little troughs in the paper surface.
So it all depends on your painting sytle and what techniques you'll be using to best decide which side to use.
Quite a tricky one this one with many different tones in the reflections and completed in an hour or so. Also quite a complex background with all those building details, so they needed to be simplified. Paper used here is Saunders Waterford, rough texture. I do notice the sides are very different from each other - one side a more grid like pattern and the normal side to paint on, and then the other a more random pattern and not so rough. When doing wet in wet, if you're using this side, watch out for a bit of bleeding, and painting water can be easier on the 'normal' side.
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.