Porthleven harbourside shadows
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Puerto del Rosario Las Palmas Spain 2

Puerto del Rosario Las Palmas Spain

Puerto del Rosario Las Palmas Spain, watercolour, 15" x 11"

My process for creating convincing harbour scene - first observe the scene.  Water conditions can change rapidly and if painting plein air, you have to have a little bit of a photographic memory. I generally start of with a graded wash for the water, start fairly light in the background and come darker towards the foreground. While the wash is still wet, I will add in some darker softer waves with a mop brush mainly in the foreground. Then as the wash is dry, adding harder edged reflections of the boats and masts.

 

 

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