Saturday, 27 May 2017

Rippling Reflections

You may have noticed that for a while I've been working on a short series of paintings of scenes in and around the harbour at Aberdour. This is the fourth and last one, "Rippling Reflections". I aim to exhibit them at the Aberdour Art Exhibition, 28-30 July.

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Shallow Moorings

I just completed another small watercolour of boats in Aberdour Harbour. These particular yachts are moored in very shallow water. I haven't included the shore, but in reality it was just a couple of feet to the right. The water there turned from bright blue to dullish green in colour, maybe because of sand or weeds under the surface. A fourth and final painting from the harbour will appear shortly (or it will when I figure out what it's going to be)!

Friday, 12 May 2017

Bright Morning

Like the last painting I posted, this painting is an Aberdour scene showing a line of yachts moored in the harbour. The wooded headland in the background is called Hawkcraig Point. There's an old hotel out there with a couple of houses, plus the rickety remains of a wooden jetty that hasn't been used for many years. On a summer morning, the sunlight was flashing off the water in a thousand places. I really enjoy this sort of scene.

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Glittering Water

Living on the coast, I've got plenty of small harbours and ports locally where I can find something to paint. Just a few miles from home there's Aberdour, a village that once boasted a bustling harbour with a tourist trade from Edinburgh. Nowadays it's a quiet backwater but it does have an active sailing club with quite a few yachts moored by the pier, including this one with (unusually) a sail and canopy in a strong red. I was just as keen to get the effect of the sunlight on the water as I was to paint the boat, mind you. To be honest, I'm not a sailor myself, I just like painting boats and water!