The finished painting
Now for the Sea. You will have noticed that I worked with certain colours as mixing agents. These colours now become central to my foreground areas. The basic sea colours have so many variations according to depth, distance, sky clarity etc.
My first stroke, seen in stage four, is a mixture of Cobalt Blue and permanent Mauve, creating a band of strong, rich colour stretching across the canvass and defining the meeting of land and sea. At this stage I use another 25mm brush and mix Cerulean Blue a touch of Winsor Green and Titanuim White, and using a small brush slap on the colour, around the outline of the central shapes.
In this case I deepen the colour as I move down the canvas using less white and more Winsor Green, Cobalt Blue and Cerulia Blue.
To add the effect of the ever changing surface of the water, using a variety of smaller brushes, I overpaint marks of pure, unmixed colour. Aong with this, I included small whit daubs and others of a mix of roughly threee parts White with one part of permanent Mauve as a warm contrast to the warm greens and blues.
Now for the main centerpiece of my painting. Very dark areas in and around the boat are painted. Masts and such like, everything is still quite vague. But a tightening up is now in progress; smaller brushes are ow being used, shades and tones are carefully considered. The most important implement at this stage of the painting is my Rigger 0 and 00 paint brushes. I use them in all my works for the fine lines which create, in this case, details all around the boats and hold the visual attention of the viewer, creating a center focal point to the work.
When I think I have done all i can to create an image, I love to add splashes of vibrant red (Light Scarlet Lake perhaps mixed with Permanent Orange); this might represent a buoy, a flag, lights, life-belts. It really gives the painting punch!