'The Gap, Mousehole harbour' - 6x10in, oil on board
We all were drawn to 'The Gap'. It's quite a feature of the harbour but it needs the right light and tide level to make it worthwhile. The sun was high and the the colours muted so it was a delicate balancing act. I was conscious of not over darkening the harbour walls, want to leave some of the ground showing through to give a touch of colour vibration. I used a pinkish stain on the ground which ended up being too insistent so I had to calm things down in the studio afterwards.
'High tide, Moushole harbour' -13x10in, oil on board
All the basic tones and colours were mapped in on site with a bit of tidying up back at home whilst the scene was relatively fresh in my mind. The blue boat in the middle distance was added afterwards to help with the sense of depth.
'Receding waters, Moushole harbour' - 13x10in, oil on board
This was a busy scene with lots of detail. The key was to judge the tones and colours without getting too bogged down with anything fiddly. The buildings and trees in the background were hinted at rather than described in full so they didn't compete for attention with the rest of the painting. It was fun working with all those ropes and I love the way they catch the light against the shadowy wall in the distance.
'Late afternoon, Mousehole harbour' -10x8in, oil on board
This was the brightest day in the harbour and I pushed the colours a bit more. I had to tidy this one up in the studio as the boats were a bit scruffy. If I do need to make an adjustment I try to keep it minimal so as not to move away from the original moment that was captured. If it'slikely to benefit the painting then I think it's well worth it.