Harbour

Demo Painting - Watermouth Harbour

Ashtead Art Group demo jan 2021 by Tim Wilmot

Last nights demo to Ashtead Art Group.  Brief was to paint some barges in a river scene.  Unfortunately I had no suitable images, so the group, after a vote/poll I set up, decided on this scene from Watermouth Harbour in North Devon.  No barges, but some simple boat shapes, low tide and an exercise in values and composition.

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Fishing Port Tarragona Spain

Fishing Port Tarragona Spain

Tarragona, Spain, Watercolour, 15" x 11"

Quite a busy fishing port on the day of my visit and a fairly overcast, yet bright day, offering some light and dark in the scene.  Having the correct brush is important for wave shapes.  For me, a soft quill mop helps create that elliptical shape and soft so it does not disturb any paint below.

Painted on Saunders Waterford, Cold Press, 300 gms.

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Charco de Sans Gines 2

Charco de sans gines 2

Lanzarote, Spain, Watercolour, 15" x 11"

The tidal 'lake' in Arrecife on the island of Lanzarote.  I have painted this lake a few times and the big challenge is the background.  Some off-white buildings, but with an overcast sky, they are the same value as the sky.  So my solution is to be very gentle with the details in the background, get in some cream colours of the buildings and take a bit into the sky.  Then I paint in a few details on the buildings, but nothing too dark.

Painted on Saunders Waterford, Cold Press, 300 gms.

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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.

 

 


Boat Yard - Watermouth Bay, Devon

Shipyard watermouth bay

Watermouth Bay, Devon UK,  Watercolour, 15" x 11"

The small boatyard at Watermouth Bay in North Devon.   Not a large boatyard, but in a very pretty location which I have painted a few times (especially the lifeboat at low tide).  The boatyard runs up to the left.  In front the ground slopes down to the sea, way over to the right.  I tried to make a feature of the rocky foreground here and a small stream running under the pathway.

Painted on Saunders Waterford, Cold Press, 300 gms.

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This painting is for sale. Please contact Tim Wilmot for details.

 


Newquay Harbour Cliffs

Newquay harbour cliffs

Newquay, UK, Watercolour, 15" x 11"

The cliffs on the western end of the harbour and the tide is in.  A bit of cobalt turquoise works wonders for reflections.

Painted on Saunders Waterford, Cold Press, 300 gms.

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This painting is for sale. Please contact Tim Wilmot for details.