This was taken from a photo a took last year in Harridge, Essex. Contra jour with the flags lit in the sun. I didn’t feel confident enough to paint it then. So I had a go yesterday in the Museum, not easy when the subject is nearly all in shadow. I painted the boat too red to begin with – as I liked the red boat! but darkened it and it sat in the painting better.
Sometimes I need input from others like my husband (a photographer) or my Mum who has a great eye she helped with this one saying the jetty/pier behind wasnt right – it had been straight across the painting, she suggested I cut it off. I don’t usualy change what’s actually there but sometimes it’s needed! And it does help the compsition 🙂
I have found occasionally it’s good to practise a subject or type of light in the studio from a photo so you can learn from it which is harder to do en plein air as the elements are often against you and getting the painting down at speed, with no time to think too much!
Yesterday was our last day in the Musem for our exhitbion. (It continues without us till next Tuesday) It was sad to finish as I had enjoyed painting and showing there and chatting to people and lots of children! We are thinking of doing another show at the Museum in two years time.
Today we are off to South Africa to visit my sister. I’m not taking my painting gear just sketch book as I want to spend time with her.